Niall Horan Taking Break from One Direction...to Caddie for Rory McIlroy at The Masters Par 3 Contest
What's next for One Direction, following the leaving of Zayn Malik? It looks like some of the boy band's members are already weighing new careers, as vocalist Niall Horan will be working as a golf caddie this week. OK, maybe not, but he will be stepping in to assist PGA star Rory McIlroy during the Masters Tournament Par 3 competition on Wednesday (from Billboard).
Although most know One Direction as a UK-centric act, Horan is in fact an Irish national, as is McIlroy, the current world no. 1 in golf.
The Par 3 competition is a bit of fun the day before the actual competition begins in what many consider the most prestigious golf tournament of the season. Those taking part play on Augusta National's other course, a nine-hole Par 3 layout. The Irish golfer will be playing alongside Tiger Woods, who brought along his children to assist with his caddying needs. No word on whether any of them are One Direction fans. If so, they're in for a treat.
McIlroy explained the booking.
"He's been excited to come here," he said. "He's never been to the Masters. I caught up with him in Australia at the end of last year and he was really excited, and I said, 'If you're available Wednesday afternoon and you want to carry the bag for nine holes, you're more than welcome.'"
It must be great to be able to ask one of the world's most popular musical acts to essentially act as your golf servant.
The Par 3 contest often features "lucky" celebrities hoisting bags for their pals. Tennis pro Andy Roddick put in some work for buddy Zach Johnson a few years back, and McIlroy had his then-fiancé, ranked tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, caddie for him during last year's competition.
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