Rory McIlroy soars to lead on third day of Ohio Memorial

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Rory McIlroy Si Woo has advanced at the Memorial despite going five holes without hitting the green, ending the third day tied for first place with Kim and David Lipsky at Muirfield Village on Saturday.

McIlroy did what he had to do when the players around him were struggling, finishing the day with four birdies and two bogeys at two under par.

After the end of the day’s play, McIlroy said, ‘When the situation is like that, it is like that. “You just have to hang on.

“I was really happy with how I scored there, and how I hung in for most of the day.”

The birdies came in good time for McIlroy, birdied three of the last seven holes, and ended the day with a par, as he had done the day before, when he triple bogeyed the 18th.

McIlroy said, “Winning this tournament means a lot to me, I’ve played very well here over the years and never really had a real chance to win.”

“So to be able to walk up that hill from 18 and shake hands with Jack (Nicklaus) would be great.”

McIlroy, now at six under par, will need to maintain his form heading into the final day with a log-jam of talent at the top of the leaderboard, with thirteen players separated by just two shots and nine others within three shots.

Friday’s leader and former Memorial winner, Hideki Matsuyama The fixture dropped dramatically, placing him in ninth place.

Matsuyama had five bogeys on the day and a triple bogey on the 12th hole.

Englishman Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick Both had solid days with 69 and 70 respectively, finishing tied for 23rd at two under par.