Cullen, the 2014 Australian Masters winner and who has a very limited status in Europe courtesy of his performances on the European Challenge Tour last season, is playing just his 7th tournament of 2018 his best efforts coming when 7th at both the Victorian and New Zealand Opens.
Having narrowly missed gaining a full European card via the Challenge Tour in 2017, Cullen has to rely on starts in events such as these when they become available.
Cullen, who now bases himself in the US, is one shot ahead of tournament invite and fellow Australian Lucas Herbert while Matthew Millar, the only other Australian to survive the opening 36 holes, just crept into the weekend field and is in a share of 55th place.
The tournament is being led by Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard and Frenchman Julien Guerrier who are one ahead of England’s Ryan Evans and Steve Brown.
Strong winds made it difficult for the afternoon starters but Bjerregaard produced some impressive golf after the turn to get to ten under before a bogey on the 16th dropped him back into a share of top spot after a 68.
Guerrier regained his playing privileges via the Challenge Tour last season after graduating from the Qualifying School in 2009 and 2011 and is already on course for his best season on the European Tour.
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