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All laughs at Augusta as One Direction star Niall Horan caddies for world number one Rory McIlroy

Published 08/04/2015 | 20:40

Rory McIlroy and his caddie, One Direction singer Niall Horan , walk the fairway during the Par 3 competition at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy and his caddie, One Direction singer Niall Horan , walk the fairway during the Par 3 competition at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy and his caddie, One Direction singer Niall Horan , walk the fairway during the Par 3 competition at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
One Direction singer Niall Horan takes part in the Par 3 competition on April 8, 2015, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.Horan was the caddie for Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Niall Horan of the band One Direction works as a caddie for Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Niall Horan of the band One Direction works as a caddie for Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

One Direction singer Niall Horan swapped the stage for white overalls in Augusta today as caddied for Rory McIlroy in today's par-three tournament ahead of the Masters.

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World number one McIlroy invited Horan to caddie for him in the light-hearted Augusta event when they met in Australia last year, and Horan agreed to take up the chance and he posed for photo with the man-of-the-moment McIlroy and the legendary Tiger Woods.

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Niall Horan of the band One Direction works as a caddie for Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Niall Horan of the band One Direction works as a caddie for Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and his caddie, One Direction singer Niall Horan , walk the fairway during the Par 3 competition at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy and his caddie, One Direction singer Niall Horan , walk the fairway during the Par 3 competition at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Niall Horan of the band One Direction works as a caddie for Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
One Direction singer Niall Horan takes part in the Par 3 competition on April 8, 2015, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.Horan was the caddie for Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

It comes a year after the McIlroy gave the caddying responsibilities to his then fiancee Caroline Wozniacki for the par-three event.

Masters title favourite McIlroy said: "I've got Niall from One Direction caddying for me, which should be good fun. He's been excited to come here. 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.

McIlroy is not the only player with an eye-catching caddie for the par-three contest.

Tiger Woods of the United States, his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, son Charlie and daughter Sam look on during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods of the United States, his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, son Charlie and daughter Sam look on during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods, preparing for his return to competitive golf after a recent hiatus, warmed up for the Masters with daughter Sam and son Charlie his nominated bag carriers.

Other famous names to have been bag carriers at previous par-three Masters events include former tennis players Andy Roddick, for Zach Johnson in 2011, and Chris Evert, for then husband Greg Norman in 2009.

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