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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

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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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.

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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.

"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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