Friday, October 29, 1999 Published at 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
Monty closing in
Goosen has made a total of 13 birdies and an eagle in two rounds
Britain's No 1 golfer Colin Montgomerie kept up his chase on 14-under par Volvo Masters leader Retief Goosen as he bids to finish top of the European money order.
The rounds ended with the Tour players observing a minute's silence as they gathered around the 18th green in memory of Payne Stewart and his five companions, who died in Monday's plane crash.
Bernhard Langer, a fellow Christian and friend of Stewart, prefaced the silence by saying: "Payne was one of the most liked and respected players who has ever played the game.
"He took time and showed interest in all of us. "We have all been blessed by knowing and spending time with Payne."
The players wore black ribbons in memory of the triple-Major winner.
Goosen, who is in fourth place in the money order with one more tournament remaining, is in the best form for some time and determined to make it as hard as possible for Monty to win his seventh successive European Order of Merit.
The South African followed his ten-under par first round with a four-under par 68 to reach the tournament halfway mark on 130.
But the preferred lies at the Montecastillo course, due to wet conditions, make it ripe for birdies and have allowed the chasing pack to close the gap on Goosen.
He is four shots ahead of Monty, who shares third spot with Surrey's Anthony Wall, New Zealander Michael Campbell, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Argentina's Jose Coceres.
Montgomerie is £429,000 ahead of fellow Britain Lee Westwood, closely followed by 19-year-old Sergio Garcia (£436,000 behind), Goosen(£600,000 behind) and Harrington are (£742,000 behind).
The winner of the Volvo Masters will take home £166,000 but the contest will come down to the final tournament of the season, the £610,000 American Express world championship at Valderrama next week.
Collated second-round scores and totals in the Volvo Masters at Montecastillo,
Jerez, Spain (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):