When Rory McIlroy won the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational, unfortunately The King had already passed so he did not get to shake his hand.
He's hoping that he will have the chance to shake the hand of another golf icon this weekend: Jack Nicklaus.
McIlroy finds himself in a share for the lead at Jack's place, firing a third round of 2-under 70 to reach 6-under for the championship at the Memorial.
His front nine was faultless, picking up a solitary birdie at the par-5 fifth, before a more adventurous back nine that included three birdies and two bogeys.
By day's end, McIlroy shared the lead with Si Woo Kim and David Lipsky.
"Yeah, first of all, it would mean a ton to me to win this tournament," McIlroy said after his third round, before adding:
McIlroy is searching for his second victory of 2023 and 24th PGA Tour title.
Elsewhere, Denny McCarthy, Viktor Hovland, Wyndham Clark, Lee Hodges and Mark Hubbard are grouped in T-4 at 5-under.
Jordan Spieth is a further stroke back at 3-under and is firmly in contention at Muirfield Village.
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