Sunday 4 December 2016

WATCH: Prince Albert of Monaco, Brian O'Driscoll, Rory McIlroy and host of celebs tee off at the K Club

Laura Larkin

Published 18/05/2016 | 13:26

Niall Horan pictured on the first green during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Niall Horan pictured on the first green during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Niall Horan watches the flight of his ball after teeing off from the first tee box during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Niall Horan hits a few balls on the driving range before the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Bernd Wiseberger in conversation with Brian O'Driscoll, right, during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship Pro-Am at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Brian O Driscoll pictured during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Brian O'Driscoll plays his second shot from the 11th fairway during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship Pro-Am at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Padraig Harrington crosses a road during his round at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship Pro-Am at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Snooker player Ken Doherty putts on the 18th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship Pro-Am at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Keith Wood and Michael Smurfit Jnr pictured on the 15th Hole during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Prince Albert of Monaco pictured with Michael Smurfit on the 15th Hole during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

The greens of the K Club are littered with celebs as a star studded pro-am gets under way at the famous course.

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Rugby star Brian O’Driscoll is enjoying a round with Austrian pro Bernd Wiesberger. Looking every inch the golfer the former Ireland captain was cheered on at the 15th hole by a crowd of primary school children.

The former rugby international may be enjoying his retirement since hanging up his boots but it’s not all rounds of golf with famous faces for the Dubliner.

“People don’t see all the hard work it takes to get a day off,” he joked adding that people only see the good stuff.

Brian O Driscoll pictured during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Brian O Driscoll pictured during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Despite his famous competitive nature BOD doesn’t have his eye on the competition today declaring that he “is only out to beat myself and it’s not hard”.

Read more: Rory McIlroy hits the town in Dublin with Niall Horan for star-studded party at his bar

Northern Irish golfer Tom McKibbin, the 13-year-old wonder-kid handpicked by Rory McIlroy to play the tournament teed off early this morning with Swedish pro David Ligmerth and snooker legend Dennis Taylor.

A host of well-known faces have already teed off in the Straffan club including Prince Albert of Monaco. Businessman Michael Smurfit Junior is joined by former rugby player Keith Woods.

Padraig Harrington crosses a road during his round at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship Pro-Am at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Padraig Harrington crosses a road during his round at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship Pro-Am at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

McIlroy – the star attraction for many -- will tee off shortly with JP McManus and AP McCoy on his team.

One Direction’s Niall Horan will also take to the greens today – putting his time away from the band to good use.

The singer has been warming up on the driving range ahead of his start time.

Brian O Driscoll pictured during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank McGrath
Brian O Driscoll pictured during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Photo: Frank McGrath
Three year old Sevie Trowlen from Co Antrim hits a few balls in the driving range before the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club.
Prince Albert of Monaco pictured with Michael Smurfit and golfer Gregory Bourdy on the 15th Hole. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Rory McIlroy chats with JP McManus and AP McCoy on the first tee box. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood and Michael Smurfit Jnr pictured on the 15th Hole. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Pop star Niall Horan. Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Rory McIlroy pictured with JP McManus, AP McCoy and Kieran McManus. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Niall Horan, Paul McGinley and Thongchai Jaidee. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath.
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Rory McIlroy pictured before the start of the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath
JP McManus tees off. Picture Credit: Frank McGrath
Keith Wood on the 15th green. Picture Credit Frank McGrath
Rory McIlroy poses for a picture with young Martin Gibson O Gara, who is being cared for at the Laura Lynn Foundation, his Mum Sarah and younger brother Patrick [3]. Picture Credit: Frank McGrath
Snooker's Dennis Taylor looks on as World Junior Championship winner Tom MC Kibbin uses a range finder to check the distance to the 4th green. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 18/5/16
Rory McIlroy chats with JP McManusPicture Credit: Frank McGrath
Niall Horan on the driving range. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath.

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