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Irish Open 2016: One Direction star Niall Horan admits Pro-Am nerves and tells of his friendship with Rory McIlroy

By Claire Williamson

Published 18/05/2016

STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

One Direction star Niall Horan has revealed his nerves ahead of teeing off at the Pro-Am event prior to the Irish Open tournament

The event is hosted by Rory McIlroy's, Rory Foundation.

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Irish Open 2016: One Direction's Niall Horan tees off at Pro-Am ahead of tournament  

Also taking part in the pro-am was young golfing starlet Northern Irish teenager Tom McKibbin who was invited to play alongside Rory McIlroy in the event ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Also taking part was One Direction star Niall Horan who speaking afterwards admitted his nerves.

Hear @NiallOfficial talk about golf and his friendship with @McIlroyRory.https://t.co/q3zL4pN6md

— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) May 18, 2016  

He said: "I was very nervous actually. I wasn't when I woke up and then I looked out the window of the hotel and saw all the crowds walking past and thought it's going to be tough out there.

"I met Rory a few years ago and we became mates. We keep in touch all the time, he's a top man and gives me a few tips now and then - whether they work or not I don't know.

One Direction's Niall Horan practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
One Direction's Niall Horan practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
ONe Direction's Niall Horan practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Victor Dubuisson of France hits an approach shot on the 11th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark hits from a bunker on the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Rugby player Keith Wood of Ireland in action during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Stephen Gallacher of Scotland tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Stephen Gallacher of Scotland tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria checks a yardage with his caddie during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain reacts during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain smiles during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Peter Lawrie of Ireland tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Rugby player Brian O'Driscoll tees off on the 14th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Amateur Tom McKibbin of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot watched by former snooker player Dennis Taylor during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Amateur Tom McKibbin of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden looks on with his caddie during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden tees off on the 10th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits from a bunker on the 12th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits from a bunker on the 12th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former snooker player Dennis Taylor tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Adrian Otaegui of Spain hits from a bunker on the practice ground during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 13th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: James Morrison of England tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland smiles on the practice ground during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Anthony Wall of England tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China reacts during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China hits an iron shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China hits an iron shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China walks in the rain with his umbrella during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China hits an iron shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China walks in the rain with his umbrella during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Russell Knox of Scotland in action during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Russell Knox of Scotland in action during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Detail of the golfer Weather Vane on the Clubhouse roof during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany smiles during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks with his caddie Craig Connelly during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks with his caddie Craig Connelly during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland jogs during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Russell Knox of Scotland tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England lines up with his caddie on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Andrew Johnson of England tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a drive on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a ball during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a ball during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Detail of the golf bag of Ryder Cup European Captain Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks at his Player's Player of the Year award at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour speaks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour speaks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour speaks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour presents Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with his Player's Player of the Year award at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour presents Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with his Player's Player of the Year award at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland laughs on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Jockey AP McCoy chats to Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Jockey AP McCoy tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Jockey AP McCoy looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: JP McManus tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: (L-R) Jockey Ruby Walsh poses with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 3rd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland talks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Dermot Desmond and JP McManus (R) look on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

"But he's a great lad and does a lot for golf.

"It's great to be invited by Rory and show support for Rory and what he does here for the Irish Open. It's going to become one of the flagship events on the tour and it's just starting to pick itself back up again."

And as well as the current world number three, recently crowned US Masters champion Danny Willett will also take to the fairways for his first appearance in Europe since his Major triumph.

They will battle it out for a €4million prize pot with €666,660 going to the winner. Søren Kjeldsen is the defending champion.

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