This is something Rory McIlroy alluded to during the Masters Par-3 contest on Wednesday. The four-time major winner had One Direction's Niall Horan caddying for him during the traditional pre-tournament warm-up and mentioned that like the boyband member he would also be stepping out of his comfort zone. That step will be when he goes on stage to sing with the band later this year.
Speaking to the Golf Channel, Horan said that the two became friends three or four years ago through mutual acquaintances in the golf industry. He also mentioned the day on which McIlroy will perform with One Direction. It will be at the home of the New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on September 12th.
That was part of the deal. If I went on the bag with him, he would come on stage and sing with us. He playing in the Deutsche in Boston at the end of the summer and we're playing in the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough in the same week so we're going to get him up. He said he's allowed pick the song, if he's allowed to pick the song then he's going to do it. That's what he said.
Asked if he'd ever heard the world number one sing, he responded in the negative and also negatively regarding his expectations for McIlroy's musical ability.
No, but apparently he's terrible.
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