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Eight Australians make weekend in Austria

Cullen - Heads the Australians through 36 holes. (Photo: Henry Peters )
Eight Australians have made the cut in the inaugural staging of the Shot Clock Masters at the Diamond Country Club near Vienna in Austria, Nick Cullen the best of them in a share of 13th place at 4 under and five behind the leader Mikko Korhonen.

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.

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