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Mcllroy retains one-shot lead in Florida

Rory McIlroy recovers from a poor start to earn a one-shot lead after the second round of the $6m Honda Classic.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2014 08:59
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Rory Mcllroy remained one shot ahead of Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge [Reuters]

Rory McIlroy recovered from a poor start to record six birdies and earn a one-shot lead after the second round of the $6m Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Northern Irishman, who had been one ahead overnight after opening with a flawless 63, remained mentally upbeat despite two early bogeys and his positive attitude was rewarded with a four-under-par 66 at PGA National.

"It's just another 36-hole lead," McIlroy told reporters after posting an 11-under total of 129, one ahead of Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge (64) and three clear of American Russell Henley (68) on a day of contrasting fortunes for the big names.

Masters champion Adam Scott, who played with McIlroy for the first two rounds, made two double bogeys on the way to a 69 as he fell eight eight shots off the pace.

World number one Tiger Woods continued his recent struggles, making the cut with nothing to spare at even-par 140 after carding a 69, while Phil Mickelson will have the weekend off after shooting a 71 for a one-over total.

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