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Northern Ireland Open Live: 1D's Niall Horan delights fans at Galgorm Castle

The Northern Ireland Open tees-off today with the pro-am event at Galgorm Castle.

Now in its fourth year, the NI Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, has become one of the stand-out events on the European Challenge Tour.

In 2015, the province's annual international tournament set the Tour's all-time attendance record when 39,423 spectators spilled through the gates to witness France's Clément Sordet be crowned champion.

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The strong field boasts a mix of leading international players and more familiar names from closer to home. The youngest player on show will be Northern Ireland's latest teenage sensation Tom McKibbin after the 13-year-old received an invite from Modest! Golf Management.

Wednesday marks the official opening of the week-long festival in Co Antrim.

Among those taking part in the pro-am event is One Direction star Niall Horan.

He will join other household names like Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings and Ulster rugby player Stephen Ferris..

The festival of golf, combined with the dedicated food festival and NI Open Village, will run at Galgorm Castle from July 28-31.

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