His second round of 67 included three bogeys on a day which became more demanding as the afternoon wore on in the increasingly windy conditions, Lee’s round made even more impressive by the fact that he played in the afternoon field.
Lee turned professional earlier this year and despite not having a card to play in Europe has managed to play eight European Tour events via invitation. In those events he has earned enough points to be 76th in the Race to Dubai rankings currently and as such is well on his way to securing his European Tour status for 2020.
Lee, the brother of world number three woman golfer, Minjee, has a powerful game and is currently 2nd on the European Tour’s Driving Distance stats in 2019, nearly 30 yards ahead of the overall average for players who have played at least 30 rounds.
Lee’s best finish came when 4th at the Saudi International and was also 5th at the Perth Super 6 event, a finish he had also recorded when playing the same event a year earlier.
Jason Scrivener is another shot back in a share of 41st place while Wade Ormsby was the other Australian to make the cut when he finished on the cut number of 2 over par.
The leader at the halfway stage is South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa who has opened up a four-shot lead over a group of four players including local hero and tournament host, Sergio Garcia, who is looking to win the event for the third year in succession.
Bezuidenhout has yet to win on the European Tour but brought form to this week's event having finished 3rd last week at the BMW International.
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