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Rory McIlroy takes 2-shot lead at Honda Classic; Woods 7 shots behind

Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy did just enough to keep the lead Saturday in the Honda Classic.

McIlroy avoided a big number early in his round and narrowly missed birdie chances late. He wound up with a 1-under 69 for a two-shot lead over Russell Henley going into the final round. The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland is going for his first PGA Tour win in 18 months.

Tiger Woods moved up 49 spots on the leaderboard with a 65 playing in the second group of the day. He finished two hours before McIlroy started and wound up in a tie for 17th, though he was still seven shots behind.

Henley holed out form 150 yards for eagle on No. 14 on his way to a 68.

McIlroy was at 12-under 198.