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One Direction's Niall Horan takes over from Caroline Wozniacki as Rory McIlroy's celebrity caddie

Irish duo linked up ahead of US Masters, where McIlroy hopes to complete career Grand Slam of Major wins

Published 09/04/2015

Niall and Rory share a laugh on the course at Augusta yesterday
Niall and Rory share a laugh on the course at Augusta yesterday
The singer gets down to some serious caddying
The singer gets down to some serious caddying

He's used to performing in front of scores of screaming fans but One Direction's Niall Horan admitted he was feeling nervous as he caddied for golf's Number One Rory McIlroy.

The Irish pair linked up ahead of the US Masters where McIlroy is hoping he will complete a career Grand Slam of Major wins.

The pop sensation landed the job as part of the annual Par 3 event, staged the day before the US Masters gets under way.

Speaking before he took to the greens, Co Westmeath native Horan said he was "honoured" to lend a helping hand.

"It's a pretty big deal for the world number one and my fellow countryman to ask me to do this. It's pretty special," he said.

"It's quite a big tradition at Augusta for this to happen - so for me to be involved in such a big week for Rory is pretty much an honour."

The pop star certainly looked the part as he lugged McIlroy's clubs around the nine-hole course, dressed in all white overalls with the Augusta National logo.

It was certainly a change from last year, when McIlroy's former girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki did the honours.

Horan carried out his duties with aplomb, despite having to compete with some zealous fans who demanded he pose for photos as he made his way around the course.

Elsewhere, golf legend Jack Nicklaus (75) rolled back the years to land an impressive hole-in-one on the fourth hole, while Tiger Woods also took part in the Par 3 event for the first time since 2004.

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