PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Golf is starting to feel easy again for Rory McIlroy, who bounced back from a sloppy start Friday in the Honda Classic for a 4-under 66 that gave him his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour in 18 months. Tiger Woods is making it look hard. McIlroy recovered from two early bogeys by running off six birdies in a 10-hole stretch. He looked solid from tee-to-green, hit putts with growing confidence and wound up with a one-shot lead over Brendon de Jonge. "I knew that with the way Im playing and the confidence in my ability, I would be able to get those shots back," McIlroy said. "I didnt panic. I didnt try to do anything different. Just tried to keep playing the way I was." He was at 11-under 129. Woods felt fortunate to still be playing. He was over the cut line after scrambling for a bogey on the 11th hole and wound up with a 69 to make the cut on the number. Woods hit only two greens over his last nine holes. His lone birdie on the back nine was a chip-in on the 13th after he missed the green with a wedge. "It was a grind, theres no doubt about it," Woods said. "I didnt hit it very good. Just one of those days where I fought out a number, which was good." Because 79 players made the cut, there will be another cut to top 70 and ties on Saturday. Woods missed the 54-hole cut the last time he played on the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines. David Hearn (70) of Brantford, Ont., is tied for 23rd at 3 under. Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., did not make the cut after shooting a 72 and a 70. Calgarys Stephen Ames was also out after a 73 and a 75. And at least hes still playing the weekend. That wasnt the case for Phil Mickelson. Playing the Honda Classic for the first time in 12 years, he had a 71 to miss the cut. So did Henrik Stenson, the No. 3 player in the world, with rounds of 73-76. McIlroy knew the feeling a year ago, when he took a steep fall from No. 1 in the world while changing equipment and trying to live up to high expectations, leading to his snap decision to walk off the course after 26 holes last year at the Honda Classic. A growing gallery in warm sunshine at PGA National saw a familiar game -- the McIlroy who won the Honda Classic two years ago. Swinging freely and putting beautifully, McIlroy hit his stride on his back nine with four birdies in five holes, including the par-5 third when he smashed a drive some 35 yards past Adam Scott and had only a 6-iron into the green on the 539-yard hole. De Jonge, who has never won on the PGA Tour, played early in the afternoon when the wind picked up and put eight birdies on his card in a 64. He was tied for the lead when he missed the green with a wedge on No. 9 and made bogey. Even so, hell be in the last group Saturday with McIlroy. "I think I might have got a little bit of switch in the wind," de Jonge said. Russell Henley had a 68 and was three shots behind. Russell Knox of Scotland had the low round Friday at 63 and was four shots back along with Lee Westwood (65). But the focus is clearly on McIlroy, who each week looks to be getting better. "This year is obviously a lot different," McIlroy said. "Got off to a good start. Im confident. Im playing well. This is the second straight tournament Ive opened with a 63, so if I can keep building on these good starts, then hopefully I can start converting." After a 63 in Dubai, he said he was pressing too much in the final round and wound up in a tie for ninth. Friday was another step in the right direction, despite two errant tee shots on the 11th and 12th holes that led to bogeys. His round changed with a tee shot into 6 feet on the 16th hole for a birdie, and then a 12-foot birdie on the 18th to wrap up his front nine and earn back the two shots he had dropped. After a 45-foot birdie attempt on the second hole rimmed all the way around and out of the cup, Boy Wonder took off. He two-putted the par-5 third. He hit a wedge into 4 feet on the next hole. He rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt down the hill at the par-5 fifth. Then, after a tough par save on the sixth, he sank another 30-foot birdie putt that McIlroy made look routine. The gallery is kept 100 yards from the green, so the only applause came from a few marshals. It sounded like a tap-in for par. McIlroy reacted that way, too. "Watching Rory play is amazing when hes swinging like this," Scott said after his own great recovery. The Masters champ put shots in the water on the 16th and 17th holes, both times making double bogey, and it looked as though his return to golf after a six-week break would be a short one. But the Australian ran off four birdies on the front nine for a 70. It will take a lot more to catch McIlroy, who has taken only 49 putts through two rounds. 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Smiths former Atlanta teammates were glad to hang on for an ugly win.Jason Marshall and Sean Duke, following in the footsteps of former Canadian rugby captains Gareth Rees, Al Charron and Mark Wyatt, have been selected to play for the prestigious Barbarians against the Leicester Tigers on Tuesday.The Barbarians are an invitational side featuring players from across the globe and known for its attractive, free-flowing style of play. Tuesday game is part of their 125th anniversary year.The matchday squad against the Tigers includes players from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland and South Africa.Duke, a 26-year-old winger from Vancouver, and Marshall, a 29-year-old prop from North Vancouver, will start on the Barbarians bench at Welford Road.They will rejoin the Canada camp in time for Fridays test match against Namibia in Wales.Since 1890, players from more than 25 different countries have worn the famous black-and-white hooped jersey (players wear their domestic club socks when they play for the Baa Baas). Once invited, a player becomes a life member of the famous club.Leicester, one of Englands powerhouse teams, won its record 10th Premiership title in 2013. Once home to Canadian star winger Winston Stanley, the injury-plagued Tigers currently stand eighth in the Aviva Premiership with a 3-3-0 record.Leicester lost 52-42 to the Barbarians when the two sides met in 2006. The Tigers do hold wins over the New Zealand Maori and South Africa.Duke and Marshall, as well as Worcester Warriors hooker Neil Annett, were summoned after fly half Colin Slade and hooker James Parsons were called into the New Zealand squad for the remainder of its November tour series. Australian back Tom English was also called in.Were very grateful to the head coaches of Australia, Canada and Worcester for releasing these players to join us, Barbarians head coach John Kirwan, a former All Blacks star back, told the Tigers website. Its a great gesture on the part of Michael Cheika, Kieran Crowley and Dean Ryan, and we hope all four players enjoy their time with us.Slade and Parson both played in the Barbarians 40-36 loss to Australia on Saturday before nearly 50,000 fans at Twickenham.This is a great opportunity for Sean and Jason to play alongside some of the worlds best players and join the worlds most famous club, Rees, Canadas mens program manager, said in a Rugby Canada statement.These types of opportunities for Canadian players are increasingly rare since the onset of professional rugby. I am delighted for them both and that they will both don the famous jersey, he added.Rees and Crowley, a former All Black who now coaches Canada, both have ties to Kirwan.Charron played five times for the Barbarians from 1994 to 2000 while Rees saw action in three games in 1993 and 94. Other Canadian Barbarians include Glen Ennis (1992) Kevin Tkachuk (2006), David Lougheed (1995), Rod Snow (1996 and 2004) and Wyatt (1991).In the earlyy 1960s, the Barbarians asked Douglas (Buzz) Moore to play against Canada while on tour in Britain.dddddddddddd He declined, leading the Canadians to a 3-3 tie against the all-stars. The Barbarians made him an honorary Barbarian.Duke is a veteran of the Canadian sevens team, playing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer and recent first leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Australia. He played 80 minutes on the wing Sunday in a 28-23 Canada loss to Championship XV, an all-star side from English rugbys second tier.To be selected to play for the Barbarians is a huge honour for me and I am looking forward to experiencing their unique brand of rugby before returning to focus on Namibia, Duke said.The Barbarians are fresh off a 40-36 loss to the Australian Wallabies on Saturday at Twickenham in front of nearly 50,000 fans at the home of the RFU in London.Marshall, who did not play Sunday against the Championship XV, recently made it to the final of the ITM Cup Championship in New Zealand with Hawkes Bay. He lost to a Manawatu Turbos side featuring fellow Canadian prop Hubert Buydens, who is captaining Canada on tour.The Canadian team left Leicester on Monday for north Wales to prepare for the test against No. 22 Namibia in Colwyn Bay.Canada, ranked 17th in the world, heads to France after that to face No. 9 Samoa in Vannes on Nov. 14, and No. 16 Romania in Bucharest on Nov. 22.Samoa, Namibia and Romania will join Canada at next years World Cup, with Canada and Romania both featured in Pool D, alongside No. 5 Ireland, No. 7 France, and No. 14 Italy.---BarbariansTevita Li (Blues), Frank Halai (Blues & New Zealand), Juan de Jongh (Stormers & South Africa), Francis Saili (Blues & New Zealand), Nick Cummins (Coca Cola West Red Sparks & Australia), Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions & South Africa), Fumiaki Tanaka (Highlanders & Japan), Lourens Adriaanse (Sharks), Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs & Samoa), Thomas Du Toit (Sharks), Dominic Bird (Canterbury & New Zealand), Al Kellock (capt., Glasgow & Scotland), Michael Rhodes (Stormers), Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs & South Africa), Jacques Botes (Sharks).Replacements (from)Niall Annett (Worcester Warriors), Jason Marshall (Hawkes Bay & Canada), Matt Stevens (Sharks & England), Angus Taavao (Blues), Steven Luatua (Blues & New Zealand), Matt Todd (Crusaders & New Zealand), Adam Thomson (Canon Eagles & New Zealand), Sarel Pretorius (Cheetahs), Sean Duke (UVIC & Canada), Tom English (Rebels).Leicester TigersFreddie Burns, Miles Benjamin, Christian Loamanu, Anthony Allen, Vereniki Goneva, Owen Williams, David Mele, Michele Rizzo, Jake Farnworth, Fraser Balmain, Harry Wells, Sebastian De Chaves, Laurence Pearce, Jamie Gibson, Jordan Crane (capt.).ReplacementsGeorge Nairn, Tom Bristow, Tiziano Pasquali, Charlie Beckett, Paul Grant, George Tresidder, Tommy Bell, Adam Thompstone.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter ' ' '