Cullen, who has limited status on the European Tour but earns starts in events such as these where the fields are not particularly strong, added a second consecutive 70 to head the Australians by one over recent Challenge Tour winner, Dimi Papadatos, and Wade Ormsby.
South Australian Cullen, whose biggest win in the game to date came when successful at the 2014 Australian Masters, only narrowly missed European Tour status via the Challenge Tour last year and continues to play solidly in 2018
Adam Bland is two shots further back in 38th position, Matthew Millar and Marcus Fraser 54th, while Jason Norris and Jack Munro just made it to the weekend in 62nd position.
The event is being played under the novel concept of the Shot Clock where players are required to complete their pre-shot routine and execute their shots within set time constraints.
The initiative has received wide spread approval for the positive impact it is having on overall times for rounds with a saving of nearly an hour in some cases on the average for 2018.
"This is great. This is how we should play week-in, week-out."
Some of the players discuss the Shot Clock... pic.twitter.com/DyqLVrqzRX— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) June 8, 2018
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