VALENCIA, Spain (AP) _ Although Darren Clarke wasn't entirely satisfied with a second-round 68, it gave him a share of the lead halfway through the Spanish Open.

``I got off to another good start,'' Clarke said. ``I'm a little disappointed, but I'm still right up there.''

The Irishman, who opened with a 67, shares the leads with Englishman Andrew Raitt, who also went 67-68. They stand 9-under-par on the 6,952-yard El Saler course, a stroke ahead of three others.

Clarke, who revels in the El Saler course, started fast for the second time. He began play Thursday with six straight birdies. In the second round, he had five birdies in seven holes on the front side.

Three players from Sweden were tied at 136. Carl Pettersson had a 69, Robert Karlsson a 68 and Jarmo Sandelin a 66.