Rory McIlroy three shots off the lead: Memorial Tournament

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is still in contention for his first Memorial Tournament victory, three shots behind in Columbus, Ohio.

McIlroy opened with 70 and scored a second round three under par 69 on Friday, going five under par, tied for ninth halfway through.

Australian Cameron Smith (69) leads the leaderboard with eight under par.

South Korean Lee Kyoung-hoon (70) and American Denny McCarthy (69) trail by a shot in joint second.

“Overall, two solid rounds of golf. I’m right in contention going into the weekend. I’m happy with how everything is going,” said Rory.

On the other end, Smith won the Players Championship in March – only Tiger Woods in 2001, has won both the Players and the Memorial in the same season.

“I think my game’s in a good spot. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be [in the lead],” Smith said,

He concluded by saying that He is playing some of the best golf of my life, and I feel I’m getting more consistent with the longer stuff. So just looking forward to everything coming up.”