In just his second event since his agonising and narrow loss at the New Zealand Open in Queenstown, Scott Hend again finds himself contending in an Asian Tour event, the veteran Queenslander just one off the lead at the halfway mark of the Saudi Open at the Riyadh Golf Club.

Hend, who three-putted the last hole at Millbrook Resort in early March to finish second to winner Takahiro Hitaji, added a second round of 68 to his opening 68 to be just one back of American John Catlin in the US$1 million event.

The winner of ten Asian Tour titles, Hend appears to be finding a rich vein of form at the age of 50.

“No wind this morning and the greens were rolling, so it was all good, much easier to manage the process,” said the 2016 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner.

“I missed a few but will save them for the next two days. I have been playing a lot of golf at my home course in Australia and really enjoying it and that’s been helping.”

South Australian Wade Ormsby has also started well and finds himself in a share of 6th place and three from the lead.