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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.

BBC golf correspondent Tony Adamson: "Expressions of deep sorrow put the day into perspective"
Montgomerie finished in Jerez with three straight birdies to card a 65 and finish the second day in third, five shots behind Goosen.

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.

[ image: This was the scene in Texas, where a tournament due to feature Payne Stewart was suspended for a day]
This was the scene in Texas, where a tournament due to feature Payne Stewart was suspended for a day
"He treated everyone as very special, whether caddie, player, official, friend or stranger

"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.

[ image: Goosen knows the tournament that matters in next week]
Goosen knows the tournament that matters in next week
Padraig Harrington packed an amazing 11 birdies - one short of the European Tour record - into a 65 which enabled him to cut Goosen's lead from three strokes to just one.

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):
130 R Goosen (Rsa) 62 68
131 P Harrington 66 65
135 J Coceres (Arg) 71 64, C Montgomerie 70 65, M Campbell (Nzl) 70 65, A Wall 70 65, MA Jimenez (Spa) 68 67
136 Kyi Hla Han (Myanmar) 71 65, C Rocca (Ita) 67 69, B Langer (Ger) 66 70, R Claydon 66 70
137 MA Martin (Spa) 69 68, S Garcia (Spa) 69 68, P Lawrie 69 68, M McNulty (Zim) 69 68, I Garbutt 68 69, D Clarke 67 70, T Bjorn (Den) 66 71
138 A Coltart 69 69, P Sjoland (Swe) 69 69, S Webster 66 72
139 D Carter 72 67, I Woosnam 71 68, F Cea (Spa) 71 68, P-U Johansson (Swe) 69 70, Zhang Lian-wei (China) 67 72, J-F Remesy (Fra) 67 72, P Price 65 74
140 R Karlsson (Swe) 73 67, D Howell 72 68, L Westwood 72 68, R Gonzalez (Arg) 72 68, J Van de Velde (Fra) 71 69, D Park 70 70
141 P Broadhurst 73 71, S Kjeldsen (Den) 71 70, P Eales 71 70, P Mitchell 70 71, M Farry (Fra) 69 72, J Sandelin (Swe) 68 73, J Spence 66 75
142 G Turner (Nzl) 75 67, V Phillips 75 67, P O'Malley (Aus) 73 69, JM Olazabal (Spa) 72 70, A Cabrera (Arg) 71 71, P Baker 69 73, D Robertson 69 73, E Romero (Arg) 68 74, N Van Rensburg (Rsa) 67 75
143 S Luna (Spa) 74 69, P McGinley 72 71, P Fulke (Swe) 71 72, S Ballesteros (Spa) 68 75
144 A Cejka (Ger) 75 69, J Bickerton 73 71, S Struver (Ger) 72 72, J Moseley (Aus) 71 73, G Evans 71 73
145 G Orr 75 70, I Garrido (Spa) 71 74
146 S Leaney (Aus) 79 67, M James 73 73, T Johnstone (Zim) 70 76
147 C Hanell (Swe) 69 78

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