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Niall Horan says Rory McIlroy will sing at an upcoming One Direction concert

April 15, 2015

Remember last week when Niall Horan of One Direction caddied for Rory McIlroy in the Par 3 contest? Of course you do. In an exhibition where caddies are normally babies, girlfriends or wives, the * dreamy * 21-year-old pop star was tough to miss.

The pairing was a minor phenomenon: Twitter went nuts, teenage girls who have never watched golf before tuned in, and Niall was a good sport about all of it. But why, exactly, was Niall on the bag for Rory?

It seems the two buddies have set up a little barter system. Niall caddied for Rory in the Par 3 contest, and now Rory is going to get up and sing a song with One Direction when it appears at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the weekend after the Deutsche Bank Championship this September.

Golf Channel reports that Niall hasn't heard Rory sing, "but apparently he's terrible."

It's OK, Rory. You can't be good at everything, and we support you regardless. Getting in front of upwards of 68,000 fans, most of which probably don't play golf, can't be a bad thing for the game.