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Golf: McIlroy clings to Honda Classic clubhouse lead

Published on Mar 1, 2014 6:27 AM
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the second round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on Feb 28, 2014 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. -- PHOTO: AFP

PALM BEACH GARDENS, United States (AFP) - Rory McIlroy held a one-stroke clubhouse lead over Brendon de Jonge during Friday's second round of the US PGA Honda Classic while top-ranked Tiger Woods struggled to make the cut.

McIlroy held his nerve after two early birdies to finish with a flourish, firing a four-under par 66 that left the 24-year-old world number eight from Northern Ireland on 11-under 129 through 36 holes at PGA National.

Zimbabwe's De Jonge fired a 64 but a closing bogey kept him from a share of the midway lead, leaving him on 130 at the $6 million event with players still on the back nine.

American Russell Henley was third in the clubhouse on 132 with England's Lee Westwood and Scotsman Russell Knox another shot back with Welshman Jamie Donaldson and American Ryan Palmer on 134 through 36 holes.

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