Rory McIlroy got off to a shaky start in round two at The Honda Classic on Friday morning but was able to follow his -7 under 63 performance on Thursday with a -4 under par 66 on Friday. The 2012 Honda Champ, who teed off on the back nine, picked up two early bogeys on the PGA National Champions Course in Palm Beach Gardens, but recovered nicely. He got in the clubhouse with a one-stroke lead over Brendon de Jonge.
McIlroy looks good in his first metal-play appearance on the PGA Tour this year, and looks to have his game on cruise control. His accuracy numbers fell off a bit on Friday, but right now his putter, and confidence are on a high (he has gained over 3 strokes on the greens in the first two rounds).
Almost every time he has found himself in trouble, McIlroy has been able to right the ship quickly and has made a bunch of par-saving putts. He never lost faith after the bogeys at 11, and 12 on Friday and went on to have a great round. Rory has gotten away from continually fighting his golf swing, and looks to have his game back on-track.
“I knew that with the way I’m playing and the confidence in my ability, I would be able to get those shots back,” McIlroy said. “I didn’t panic. I didn’t try to do anything different. Just tried to keep playing the way I was.”
Brandon De Jonge from Zimbabwe tied the lead a couple of times on Friday, but a bogey at the final hole would get him in the clubhouse one back. He will tee it up on Saturday with the leader in the final group, and looks to be playing really well. The Presidents Cup Captains pick has converted back to a normal length putter, and can be a factor before this one is over.
79 players made the 36 hole cut at even par so like The Farmers back at Torrey Pines there will be a secondary cut on Saturday. They will trim the field to the top 70 and ties for the finale’ on Sunday. Tiger Woods got into Saturday’s action at even par, but will need to play a little better if he wants to play on Sunday.
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