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One Direction star Niall Horan's search for the next Rory McIlroy

Modest! Golf will be the official partner of the Northern Ireland Open at Ballymena’s Galgorm Castle in July.

By Ali Gordon

Published 23/05/2016

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BMW PGA Championship - 20/5/15 Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and One Direction's Niall Horan during the Pro-Am

One Direction star Niall Horan can’t wait to return to Northern Ireland this summer.

The 22-year-old’s golf management company, Modest! Golf, will be the official partner of the Northern Ireland Open at Ballymena’s Galgorm Castle in July.

“When One Direction were on tour I always loved playing in Belfast — it’s always nice to get back,” Niall told Sunday Life on Wednesday.

“Same with Dublin, I just love being back in Ireland.

“Obviously I’m good mates with Rory McIlroy and I’ve a few other friends in Northern Ireland so it’ll be a good excuse to catch up with them.”

X Factor finalists One Direction called a break last year following a hectic 2015 with the On The Road Again tour.

After the boyband put on almost 80 concerts in less than nine months, Niall is enjoying his well-earned break.

“I’m loving it — it’s nice to be able to do your own thing and have a bit of time to yourself but we’ve been busy with Modest! Golf,” said the singer from Mullingar.

Amazing

“The tour was pretty full on and we were on the road for a long time so I was never really home that much but it’s nice to get to spend some time with my friends and play a bit more golf.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his three shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his three shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Irish Open with his caddie JP Fitzgerald at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Irish Open with his caddie JP Fitzgerald at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits to putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his 2nd shot on the 18th hole with caddie JP Fitzgerald during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the trophy following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his 2nd shot on the 18th hole with caddie JP Fitzgerald during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (left) is presented with the trophy by Taoiseach Enda Kenny after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) joins Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, as he poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 18th green during the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, celebrates after holing his final put on the 18th green to win by three shots in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, celebrates holing his final put on the 18th green to win by three shots in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (2nd L), gestures to the crowd as he walks up the 18th fairway on his way to win by three shots in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Spectators watch on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales walks to the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland prepares to hit his approach on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales hits an approach to the 16th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales reacts on the 16th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales hits an approach to the 16th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Winner, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (L) shakes hands with Scotland's Russell Knox on the 18th green after his final round 69 on the fourth day of the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. Knox finished three shots back in joint-second place with Welshman Bradley Dredge. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a missed putt on the 17th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain's wife Gala Ortin watching the golf during the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain's wife Gala Ortin watching the golf during the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the crowd as he approaches the 18th green on his way to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks with his caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 18th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the crowd as he approaches the 18th green after his victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 18th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie JP Fitzgerald as he prepares to play his second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee-shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation, pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is congratulated by Russell Knox of Scotland on the 18th green after his victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Enda Kenny TD, An Taoiseach, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Dr Michael Smurfit, the owner of The K Club, pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland answers questions from the media following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Dr Michael Smurfit, the owner of The K Club, pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Hail stops play during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Danny Willett of England putts on the 9th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Danny Willett of England plays a chip shot to the 17th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Russell Knox of Scotland putts on the 17th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats with Danny Willett of England on the 18th fairway during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with his father Gerry, mother Rosie and fiance Erica Stoll after victory in the final round of the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland answers questions from the media following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 9th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Danny Willett of England makes his way down the 9th fairway during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“I’ve got to see some of the biggest sporting events too which has been amazing and hopefully I’ll get to go to a few more this summer.

“We were away at the Masters last month which was an amazing experience. We spent a bit of time meeting lots of great people so it’s an exciting time for us. We went out fishing on the lake too and got to play the course at Augusta which was like a dream come true for me.”

Fans will be able to catch a glimpse of Niall at Galgorm Castle Golf Club outside Ballymena on July 28 to 31 where Modest! Golf is on the look-out for Northern Ireland’s next golfing superstar.

“Northern Ireland has had so many good golfers over the years and there are so many good courses there too,” he said.

“For such a small place, it’s certainly made up for it sports wise — you’ve got Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell and loads of talent coming through by the looks of things.

Reasons

“There’s been a lot of talk about Tom McKibbin and a few other young golfers in Northern Ireland so we’re looking forward to seeing what’s out there, that’s one of the reasons we’ve invited Tom into the Northern Ireland Open.

“It’s important to give young talent an opportunity to learn at the highest level.”

Last week Newtownabbey teen Tom, who won the 2015 World Junior Championships, played in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am.

Niall met the 13-year-old rising star at An Evening with Rory last Tuesday before playing in the Pro-Am event at the K Club the following day.

Niall said: “Ireland has produced some amazing golfers so we’d love to find another.

“The Northern Ireland Open is a fantastic event and I think the amount of time, money and effort that has been invested into it shows that it’s going forward and will continue to grow over the next few years. It’s a big fixture on the Challenge Tour.

“I’m very excited, and privileged, to be supporting it.”

This weekend Modest! Golf will host their first event in London, a gala evening followed by a pro-am golf event, along with Major-winner Justin Rose.

Support

Hosted by Kirsty Gallagher and Gaby Logan, Niall’s pal Olly Murs will provide the entertainment while Jamie Oliver cooks up a storm for guests.

“We’re all really looking forward to the Horan and Rose event, it’s the first real big thing we’ve done as a golf management company,” said Niall.

“I’ve become good mates with Justin Rose so it’s great to be teaming up with him to raise money for Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens which is something very close to my heart.”

Ahead of the event, Niall has also designed a limited edition charity t-shirt sold on online store represent.com/niall. On Saturday, just 12 hours after its launch, he had raised over £60,000 from sales for Irish Autism Action and The Kate and Justin Rose Foundation.

“We’ve had a great response from people and got loads of support from a whole load of famous faces so it’ll be a really good night just after the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth,” he added.

But Niall, who will join a host of stars at the pro-am next Monday, admits he shouldn’t tempt fate with his own golfing progress.

He said: “I started playing a few years ago but wasn’t that good. I’m getting to play quite a lot now which is great and I’m getting a lot better. Well, I think I am anyway.

“I probably shouldn’t say that though in case it all goes wrong!”

Tickets for the Northern Ireland Open are free and can be secured by registering online at www.niopen.golf

To purchase one of Niall's limited edition t-shirts, visit represent.com/niall

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