Evans made five birdies against no bogies Friday over the PGA Centenary Course for a second round 67, and at 11-under-par 133, he is one stroke better than Australian Peter Fowler (68) and two better than overnight leader Mark Mouland, who shot 70 Friday.
Evans is having a typically solid year on Tour, having missed just three cuts in 20 events, and raking in five top-20s in the process.
Yet, while he is finding himself in somewhat unfamiliar territory entering the weekend, he also seems to be remaining quite focused on his game.
I am honestly feeling very comfortable with my swing at this moment, said Evans, whose best career finish came in his rookie season, when he finished second at the Turespana Masters. I just want to try to keep doing what Im doing.
Should he do that, he may just leave Scotland with an inaugural win.
In second place, Fowler already knows a thing or two about winning, as the Aussie took the 1993 BMW International Open.
Like Evans, he too seems to like the way his game is shaping up.
This afternoon, I hit all my shots really well and finished it off by putting great so Im pretty pleased.
Also pleased with Fridays round was Scotlands Andrew Oldcorn.
At 7-under for the tournament, Oldcorn is several shots off the pace, yet he may have more riding on the finish than anyone else in the field, as the 41-year-old veteran and champion of this years Volvo PGA Championship is currently ranked No. 14 on the European Ryder Cup points list.
With only one more regular European Tour event remaining to qualify, this week is paramount for Oldcorn, as the top-12 on the list are automatically guaranteed $25,000 this week at the WGC-NEC Invitational in Akron, Oh.
A win at Gleneagles would go a long way.
One player who will not win this weekend, however, is 13th-ranked Andrew Coltart.
Coltart wont do his standings any good these next two days, as he finished at 1-over 145, missing the cut by a single shot.
Full-field scores from the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Open