Rory McIlroy to become One Direction's fifth member...for one night only
It seems as though One Direction's search for Zayn Malik's replacement is over - well for one night at least.
And this time, it wasn’t the work of an ingenious new talent show format dreamt up by pop puppet master Simon Cowell.
Instead, the recruitment was left down to Niall Horan, who went particularly off piste to make a selection on the band’s behalf.
Step up, the world’s No.1 golfer, Rory McIlroy, who’ll be joining the band on stage in exchange for Horan’s expert caddying ahead of the Masters tournament last week.
He’ll be making his debut at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on 12 September.
“He’s allowed to pick the song, that was part of the deal,” Horan told The Sun. And yes, sadly, this is a one-off. For now.
“If I went on the bag with him he would come on stage and sing with us. Apparently he’s terrible.”
Malik quit the band in March after leaving the Asian leg of the world tour with stress-related health issues.
It's not the first time that McIlroy has been linked to the boyband as back in 2013 during his relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki - she claimed after watching the One Direction film that the World Number One golfer looked like singer Harry Styles.
Wozniacki shared the message with her 540,000 Twitter followers.
"Went to see the @onedirection movie with @McIlroyRory! They have won me over! @Harry_Styles and Rory should swap jobs sometimes! #lookalike."
Since Zayn's shock announcement last month there has been speculation that the remaining members - Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne - have also parted ways with their management team, Modest Management.
Rumours of the breakup began to circulate among Directioners on Twitter following Modest’s website account being suspended over the weekend.
Meanwhile Caroline Wozniacki urged her fans on Twitter to 'move on' after she tweeted a congratulations message to American Jordan Spieth as he claimed his first major title in historic fashion with a commanding wire-to-wire victory in the 79th Masters at Augusta National.
World number one Rory McIlroy finished fourth.
She took to Twitter to say: "Congratulations to JordanSpieth on winning TheMasters! Extremely impressive how he came out firing from the start and never looked back!"
However soon she came under fire from social media users quizzing her about her motivation for the Tweet.
But she aimed to silence them in a follow-up tweet where she urged fans to "move on".
She said: "Tweeps I was congratulating Speith on his win, nothing else.. It's time for some of you to move on from the past. Thank you!"
Further reading:Masters 2015: Jordan Spieth emerges as the brilliant new star of golf Masters 2015: Rory McIlroy's best is not enough, but his time will come Rory McIlroy is the double of One Direction singer Harry Styles, says Caroline Wozniacki
Independent News Service