Niall Horan chatted with golfer Rory McIlroy on the green during a Pro-Am round ahead of the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Straffen, Ireland, Wednesday.

Niall Horan Golfing

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club. One Direction singer Horan was supporting his fellow Northern Irish pal McIlroy at the event.

“Good to be back in the homeland,” Horan tweeted Thursday. “Going to be a great week hosted by @McIlroyRory. @roryfoundation @DDFIrishOpen.”

It was announced earlier this week by the Golf Channel on Instagram that Horan would be playing at the PGA Championship Pro-Am. Commenting on the post in third-person, Horan wrote, “He is set to tee it up. But he’s very nervous. Can’t play golf infront of people.”

It was rumored that when One Direction went on hiatus that Horan would throw himself into golf, and the rumors have proven true. His golf management company, Modest! Golf, will be the official partner of the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena in July, according to the Belfast Telegraph. And Horan will be there to scout players.

“The next generation of golfers is a huge focus for us as a business. You only need to look at the history of the Challenge Tour to see the caliber of player it produces,” Horan told the Telegraph. “We are hugely excited to be official partners to the Northern Ireland Open and welcome some amazing golf talent from across the world to participate.”

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