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Spain Leads Half-Way Through World Cup of Golf in China


Spain's team of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal has a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Omega World Cup of Golf in Shenzhen, China.

The Spaniards fired a nine-under-par 63 in the alternate shot round, also called foursomes, Friday to move to 17-under-par, 127 for 36 holes.

Australia's team of Richard Green and Brendan Jones is tied with Germany's Alex Cejka and Martin Kaymer at 13-under-par. The Aussies shot a four-under-par, 68 in their round while Germany - the first round leaders - had a three-under-par, 69.

The top European team - Sweden's Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson - fired a five-under-par, 67 and is in fourth place five strokes off the lead. The U.S. team of Ben Curtis and Brandt Snedeker is tied with Ireland six strokes off the pace.

Saturday's third round returns to the four-ball -- or best ball -- format with the final round Sunday another round of foursomes. Spain has won his event four times, but has not taken the trophy since 1984.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.