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Dimi Papadatos takes advantage of Alfred Dunhill invite

Papadatos is three from the lead. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Recent Australian Open runner-up, Dimi Papadatos, is nicely placed through 36 holes of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in South Africa, the 27 year old three from the lead of American David Lipsky.

New south Wales' Papadatos, who is playing the event on invitation due to his very limited status in Europe, was unable to repeat the impressive form of day one when he led with an opening round of 67 but his even par round of 72 was good enough to have him very much in the mix heading into the weekend.

Papadatos, who narrowly missed out on gaining European Tour status for the first time through the Challenge Tour, returned home to Australia after being disqualified in the  recent Challenge Tour final but good finishes at the NSW Open the Australian PGA and his runner-up finish to Abraham Ancer at the Australian Open had him back on course.

For the former New Zealand and Victorian Open winner, a win this week would earn him the European Tour status that has eluded thus far in his career and after missing the cut last week at the South African Open this represents a significant bounce back.

Lipsky had been a successful player on the Asian Tour before joining the European Tour following a win at the jointly sanctioned European Masters in 2014 but having missed his last two cuts this is also a form reversal.

Lipsky leads by one over Scotland’s Marc Warren and Scott Jamieson with two further Scots David Drysdale and Doug McGuigan another shot back in 4th position.

Defending champion Brandon Stone is tied with Papadatos and others another shot back.

Of the other Australians, European Tour rookie, Deyen Lawson, made the cut and is tied for 49th while the news was not so good for his fellow European Tour rookie Nick Cullen who has the weekend off.

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