During the course of his closing nine holes on day two Arnold produced a run of 7 under par over six holes to finish just one behind the leader Norman Xiong.
Xiong was an outstanding amateur with tremendous success during his collegiate career and while waiting for this attempt at Web.Com Tour qualifying played the Australian Open where he finished 28th after a fine last round of 67.
Arnold, who finished 81st on the Web.Com Tour money list in 2018, already has limited status on the Web.Com Tour for next season but a good finish this week will see him regain the full status he has enjoyed previously.
Arnold returned home to play events in Australia over the last few weeks and made the cut at the Queensland, the NSW and Australian Opens.
The leading 40 players at the completion of 72 holes are guaranteed full status for the first eight events of the year with improved status for the leading ten and full season status available to the winner of this week’s event.
New Zealander Nick Voke, like Arnold has limited status for next season courtesy of his outstanding success on the feeder tour in China, and today he added a round of 69 to go with his opening 66 to be in 36th place through 36 holes.
Voke, who won three events on the PGA Tour China series in 2019, recovered from a horror start to his round with birdies over his closing three holes for his round of 69 but on the low scoring layout he dropped 22 places after his fine start yesterday.
Other Australasians are Steve Alker 65th, Brett Coletta 77th and Tim Wilkinson and, still amateur, Min Woo Lee, 89th.
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