Rory McIlroy, de Jonge top 2014 Honda Classic leaderboard; Mickelson, Tiger no-show through 36 holes

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Mickelson heads home and Tiger Woods makes the cut on the number, starting the weekend in a double-digit deficit to leaders Rory McIlroy and Brendon de Jonge.

All the hype coming into the Honda Classic centered on the deepest field of the year, particularly at the top where seven of the top nine players in the world were committed. But after 36 holes, Rory McIlroy is the only one of those superstars to make a move at PGA National.

McIlroy picked right up from his world-class 63 on Thursday with a 4-under round of 66 on Friday to set the pace at 11 -under (a full recap of Rory's round here). He currently holds a one-shot lead over Brendon de Jonge, who's caught fire with the putter and poured in more birdies than anyone else in the field so far. The Zimbabwean de Jonge got a putting lesson from his idol and countryman, Nick Price, at the start of the week and that's paid off immediately through 36 holes in Palm Beach. Playing on almost a weekly basis, de Jonge regularly pops up on the leaderboard and has made tons of cash on the PGA Tour, but he has yet to win. This would obviously be the highlight of his career but with the way Rory is playing, it'll be a challenge to keep up in the final pairing on Saturday.

The two biggest names outside of Rory this week are Tiger and Phil, and they've made no noise at all. Mickelson is trunk-slamming and out after two rounds, failing to get to even-par and make the cut. He'll stay in the area and play down the road at Doral next week, but it's not the showing Mickelson anticipated after stating this week that he felt healthy and comfortable again at what he considered to now be the "start" of his year.

Woods was not much better than his contemporary Phil, grinding to get to even-par and hanging on through every "loose" iron shot to make the cut right on the number (a full recap of Tiger's round here). Tiger will be out first thing on Saturday morning, but it looks like he'll avoid a pairing with Sergio Garcia, who made back-to-back birdies to finish his round at even-par one group ahead of Woods. It initially looked like the board would settle so that those two best friends would be out yet again in Florida, their last Saturday round in the Sunshine State setting off the closest thing we have to trash talk in golf. Tiger, however, has more important things to worry about after settling towards the middle-to-bottom of the leaderboard yet again.

Tiger has not come close to making an impact at the top of the board in three events so far this season, but we've seen him shoot 62 at this venue to make a big weekend charge before. His game doesn't seem capable of that right now, and with more than 78 players getting through to Saturday, the possibility (albeit small) for a Missed Cut -- Did Not Finish result exists again. Repeating that ignominy from the Farmers Insurance Open would incite panic with the Masters just over a month away.

Here's the full leaderboard after 36 holes at the Honda:

Place Player Score Round 1 Round 2
1 Rory McIlroy -11 63 66
2 Brendon de Jonge -10 66 64
3 Russell Henley -8 64 68
T4 Lee Westwood -7 68 65
T4 Russell Knox -7 70 63
T6 Jamie Donaldson -6 65 69
T6 Ryan Palmer -6 68 66
T6 William McGirt -6 65 69
T9 Daniel Summerhays -5 70 65
T9 Chris Stroud -5 69 66
T9 Boo Weekley -5 68 67
T9 John Senden -5 72 63
T9 Thomas Bjorn -5 69 66
T9 Luke Donald -5 67 68
T9 Derek Ernst -5 66 69
T9 Will MacKenzie -5 67 68
T9 Brendan Steele -5 69 66
T18 Jason Kokrak -4 70 66
T18 Jhonattan Vegas -4 70 66
T18 Mark Wilson -4 67 69
T18 Chris Kirk -4 69 67
T18 Rory Sabbatini -4 65 71
T23 David Lingmerth -3 69 68
T23 Adam Scott -3 68 69
T23 Stewart Cink -3 69 68
T23 Graeme McDowell -3 70 67
T23 George McNeill -3 70 67
T23 David Hearn -3 67 70
T23 Billy Hurley III -3 70 67
T23 Jamie Lovemark -3 69 68
T23 Ben Crane -3 69 68
T23 Zach Johnson -3 67 70
T23 Keegan Bradley -3 69 68
T23 Ted Potter, Jr. -3 71 66
T23 Seung-Yul Noh -3 69 68
T23 Troy Merritt -3 68 69
T23 Brice Garnett -3 66 71
T38 Nicholas Thompson -2 68 70
T38 Josh Teater -2 70 68
T38 Erik Compton -2 70 68
T38 Tyrone Van Aswegen -2 67 71
T38 Rickie Fowler -2 69 69
T38 Trevor Immelman -2 69 69
T38 Cameron Tringale -2 69 69
T38 Matteo Manassero -2 67 71
T38 Derek Fathauer -2 67 71
T38 Andres Romero -2 70 68
T38 Patrick Reed -2 71 67
T38 Stuart Appleby -2 69 69
T38 Freddie Jacobson -2 69 69
T38 Hudson Swafford -2 67 71
T52 Heath Slocum -1 71 68
T52 D.A. Points -1 70 69
T52 Ken Duke -1 68 71
T52 Y.E. Yang -1 71 68
T52 Mark Calcavecchia -1 69 70
T52 Matt Every -1 66 73
T52 Chesson Hadley -1 73 66
T52 Brooks Koepka -1 71 68
T52 Camilo Villegas -1 71 68
T52 Martin Flores -1 69 70
T52 Carl Pettersson -1 72 67
T52 Brian Harman -1 67 72
T52 James Driscoll -1 68 71
T52 Tim Wilkinson -1 70 69
T66 Charlie Wi E 69 71
T66 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano E 71 69
T66 Scott Brown E 71 69
T66 Nick Watney E 71 69
T66 Charles Howell III E 72 68
T66 Davis Love III E 69 71
T66 Justin Hicks E 70 70
T66 Paul Casey E 72 68
T66 Brian Stuard E 72 68
T66 Vijay Singh E 69 71
T66 Sergio Garcia E 72 68
T66 Tiger Woods E 71 69
T66 Luke Guthrie E 67 73
T66 Jeff Overton E 69 71
CUT Angel Cabrera -- 69 72
CUT Phil Mickelson -- 70 71
CUT Matt Jones -- 73 68
CUT Ricky Barnes -- 70 71
CUT Jason Allred -- 75 66
CUT Morgan Hoffmann -- 71 70
CUT Harrison Frazar -- 70 71
CUT Scott Langley -- 70 71
CUT Spencer Levin -- 71 71
CUT Chad Collins -- 72 70
CUT Mike Weir -- 72 70
CUT Robert Allenby -- 70 72
CUT Sean O'Hair -- 72 70
CUT Jason Millard -- 71 71
CUT Mark Silvers -- 75 67
CUT Bo Van Pelt -- 73 69
CUT Jason Bohn -- 70 72
CUT Thorbjorn Olesen -- 70 72
CUT Martin Kaymer -- 72 70
CUT Tim Clark -- 72 70
CUT Tommy Gainey -- 66 76
CUT Lucas Glover -- 69 73
CUT Greg Chalmers -- 72 70
CUT Brendon Todd -- 71 71
CUT Padraig Harrington -- 68 74
CUT Stephen Gallacher -- 72 71
CUT John Peterson -- 75 68
CUT Jeff Maggert -- 71 72
CUT Kenny Perry -- 69 74
CUT Robert Garrigus -- 73 71
CUT Steven Bowditch -- 71 73
CUT David Lynn -- 69 75
CUT Jerry Kelly -- 71 73
CUT Charlie Beljan -- 72 72
CUT Johnson Wagner -- 72 72
CUT J.J. Henry -- 76 68
CUT Woody Austin -- 70 74
CUT Jose Coceres -- 72 72
CUT Tim Herron -- 72 72
CUT Peter Uihlein -- 73 71
CUT Retief Goosen -- 72 73
CUT Michael Thompson -- 74 71
CUT Peter Hanson -- 73 72
CUT Brian Davis -- 74 71
CUT Kyle Stanley -- 71 74
CUT Roberto Castro -- 73 72
CUT Billy Horschel -- 73 73
CUT Jim Renner -- 72 74
CUT John Rollins -- 71 75
CUT Ryo Ishikawa -- 76 70
CUT J.B. Holmes -- 70 76
CUT James Hahn -- 69 77
CUT Charl Schwartzel -- 74 73
CUT Geoff Ogilvy -- 71 76
CUT Stephen Ames -- 73 75
CUT Briny Baird -- 79 70
CUT Henrik Stenson -- 73 76
CUT John Merrick -- 73 77
CUT Jesper Parnevik -- 76 75
CUT Alan Morin -- 70 81
CUT Ben Curtis -- 73 79
CUT Troy Matteson -- 75 78
CUT Darren Clarke -- 77 78
WD Hideki Matsuyama -- 70 --
WD D.H. Lee -- 72 --

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