Rory McIlroy leans on Niall Horan for par threes but his one direction is up

The Northern Irishman has a celebrity caddie for the Masters warm-up event but his focus is on the main prize

Niall Horan? Who’s he? The press room at Augusta National is one of those rare places where the name elicits only upturned palms and empty looks. So Rory McIlroy quickly added the qualifier “from One Direction”.

Seems golf journalists, mostly middle-aged men, just aren’t Horan’s crowd. Horan is going to be carrying McIlroy’s bag during the par-three contest on Wednesday, when he will likely do a lot more to boost the viewing figures among the young, female demographic than the club’s own Drive, Chip and Putt Championship for under-15s.

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