Friday, November 19, 1999 Published at 13:59 GMT
Spain maintain narrow lead
Spain stay first after two rounds of 66
Spain have taken a one-shot lead into the third day of the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
An exhilarating display from Miguel Martin and Santiago Luna banished the US team to second place, despite six birdies from Mark O'Meara.
Both Martin and Luna shot rounds of 66 - five-under-par - taking Spain's total to a 12-under-par 272.
O'Meara's 65, the joint-best round of the day and the week so far, pushed the US up to second place on 273. Woods double-bogeyed again, as he did in the first round, but six birdies in a 68 earned him top place in the individual section along with Martin and Wales' Phil Price on seven-under-par 135.
Sweden lie third, five off the lead, after rounds of 65 for Jarmo Sandelin and 66 for Patrik Sjoland, with Argentina and Wales a further stroke back.
"Spain won this event four times in eight years from 1976 but we haven't done a thing in it since," Martin said.
"It's time to put Spain back on the World Cup map and we can do it because we are both in great form. We know we were playing with the best player in the world and the man who won two majors last year but that does not intimidate us.
"They are like us with clubs and ball and anyway, they were perfect gentlemen to play with. That was very relaxing."
O'Meara was delighted with his seven birdies but is still looking for further improvement for the weekend to collect another World Cup title for America.
"I helped my partner a little bit today," O'Meara said. "And got my figures into the red, but there's still work for me to do if we are going to win this."
272 Spain - Santiago Luna 71 66, Miguel Angel Martin 69 66
Leading individual scores:
135 Phillip Price (Wales) 68 67, Tiger Woods (U.S.) 67 68,
Miguel Angel Martin (Spain) 69 66