Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington finished up at 4-under par after the second round of the World Championships in Kuala Lumpar but they are eight shots behind leaders Spain. Spain finished at 12-under-par to lead by one from the U.S.A.
Miguel Angel Martin went round in 7-under-par and Santiago Luna was 5-under as the Spaniards saw off a monsoon to take the lead. The two teams were on the final green when the heavens opened, abruptly halting play. When it resumed Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara wrapped up their rounds in 7-under and 4-under respectively.
Dubliner Harrington was 3-under for his round while McGinley carded a 1-under-par 71.
Meanwhile, the International Golf Federation and the International Golf Association, have entered into a reported five-year agreement for the competition to become the fourth World Golf Championship event, and in which prize money will double to nearly £2 million.
The competition will start under its new auspices in Buenos Aires on December 7-10 next year and the format will change to two days of foursomes and two of fourballs rather than straight 72-hole fourballs. This year saw the first of three World Championship events - the Andersen Consulting World Match-Play, the NEC Invitational and the American Express Championship. However, the number of countries taking part is to be reduced from 32 to 24. Eighteen of the sides will be composed of players from the world rankings and the remaining six will come through qualifying competitions.
Elsewhere, in the third round at the European tour qualifying school in Spain today former Ryder Cup player, Philip Walton, at the school for the first time in his career after crashing to 160th on this year's money list, had a bad day and has fallen to 3-over-par with a 78. That means he's down to 71st position with the cut tomorrow night at 75 and ties. Gary Murphy started the day one shot further adrift but had much the better of things and shot a 72 for 214 overall and 2-under-par. David Higgins and Peter Lawrie have much to do after they fared little better than Walton. Higgins is on 4-over-par after a 76, while a similar round left Lawrie at 6-over. Spaniard Ivo Giner leads on a superb 11-under-par, with five others all tied on 7-under-par.