Ruffels added a second consecutive round of 67 to complete his opening 36 holes at 10 under and is two off the pace set by Martin Flores.
Ruffels began the day quickly with three birdies in his first four holes and while his next birdie would not come until the 11th hole he was able to add two more before the end of the day. Although unable to birdie the last, after driving it into the fairway bunker, he is well positioned at the halfway mark.
Ruffels has been playing the Latino America Tour where he has been twice runner-up this season and where he sits 9th on the money list in 2017. The tour is a feeder tour to the Web.Com Tour, the leading five players at seasons end earning at least conditional status on the Web.Com Tour next year and the right to play for higher status via the Web.Com Tour School.
This is Ruffels' fourth PGA Tour event in 2017 making the cut in only the Arnold Palmer Invitational but he is well on his way to better his best-ever PGA Tour finish which came when 20th in New Orleans last year.
Leader, Flores, is back on the PGA Tour in 2017 after a successful season on the Web.Com Tour last year and although he has yet to win at this level this provides a great opportunity. Having made only two of five cuts in this event previously for a best of 19th this is a turnaround of current form and his previous history at the Canadian Open.
Flores leads by one over Gary Woodland and Matt Every, while Ruffels, Vijay Singh, Kevin Chappell, Charley Hoffman and current Australian PGA Champion Harold Varner 111 are another shot back and two from the lead.
Of the other Australians Cameron Percy in 45th position and Brett Drewitt 57th were the only others to make the weekend.
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