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BRAVE CHOICE: Holly Sweeney, ex-girlfriend of Rory McIlroy, picks a controversial golf and tennis theme for her stint on 'Celebrity Come Dine with Me'

BRAVE CHOICE: Holly Sweeney, ex-girlfriend of Rory McIlroy, picks a controversial golf and tennis theme for her stint on 'Celebrity Come Dine with Me'

WINED AND DINED: Celebrities Pippa O'Connor, Shane Byrne,
Madeline Mulqueen, Michael O'Doherty and Holly Sweeney

WINED AND DINED: Celebrities Pippa O'Connor, Shane Byrne, Madeline Mulqueen, Michael O'Doherty and Holly Sweeney

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BRAVE CHOICE: Holly Sweeney, ex-girlfriend of Rory McIlroy, picks a controversial golf and tennis theme for her stint on 'Celebrity Come Dine with Me'

As the world No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy takes on The Masters at Augusta this weekend, his former squeeze Holly Sweeney is about to appear on TV poking fun at the sports star and his new tennis love.

Wearing a white tennis skirt, T-shirt and a towel around her neck, the 21-year-old hosts what has been dubbed by the media as a 'Golf Pros and Tennis Hoes' dinner party on TV3's Celebrity Come Dine with Me tomorrow.

But the theme fails to go down well with some diners, as one warned Holly to stop "harping on" about the golfer, who has moved on with champ Caroline Wozniacki.

Speaking about the dress code the university student, who has taken a year out to concentrate on her showbiz career, tells viewers: "My theme is a tennis and golf theme. I chose it tonight because I used to go out with Rory," she says.

"The tennis thing is obviously a little joke because Caroline is world No 1."

The tongue-in-cheek narrator continues: "So you get dumped by then world No 2 golfer who is now with the world No 1 tennis player and you decide to give your dinner a golf and tennis dress code? It's a brave choice."

In the upcoming programme, fellow celebrity diner and magazine owner, whose titles include VIP, Michael O'Doherty, urges the Belfast student to move on -- almost a year after the end of her relationship:

"For a woman who is trying to move on from a previous relationship and rebuild her life and establish her own personality she should stop harping on about golf to be perfectly honest," he insisted.

It was just days after Rory called time on his relationship with Holly that he was spotted getting close to the blonde tennis player.

The chemistry was undeniable when the two supersports stars met at a boxing match last summer.

Caroline, 21, and Rory, 22, fell head over heels for each other after they were seated together to watch David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on July 2.

And the pair didn't keep their feelings under wraps for long, sending each other flirty messages on Twitter.

After Rory's management confirmed his split from Holly, he threw himself into the new romance -- and their young love has flourished since.

The romance between the tennis champ and golf's biggest rising star has boosted the couple's marketability and earning power beyond their wildest dreams.

'Wozzilroy' -- McIlroy's nickname for the couple -- are sport's newest and wealthiest glamour couple boasting combined 2011 earnings from winnings and endorsements of close to €30m.

Last October, Rory made headlines when he bestowed a custom-engraved 'Wozzilroy' golf club on Wozniacki and they regularly make front pages around the world.

And girlfriend Caroline has also been a significant catalyst for change.

His pairing with one of the best-conditioned athletes on the tennis circuit has certainly sharpened up Rory's fitness.

"When I first met him he would go for a run and after 15 minutes he would be dead," said Caroline, "but we went jogging for half an hour yesterday and there was no problem.

"We do hit the gym together when we can," she added. "Rory used to mainly go on the exercise bike, but he has added a lot more to his routines now and he has become much stronger."

The couple has ditched junk food and recent pictures reveal a tousled-haired Rory with bulging muscles and a taut physique.

Dr Steve McGregor, the British physical scientist who helped turn Lee Westwood into one of the iron men of golf, has also been credited with giving the golfer physical direction.

Dr McGregor has helped McIlroy develop power in his legs, hips and core, providing a more solid platform for a swing which Jack Nicklaus described as "the most natural motion in golf today".

Meanwhile, back home, celebrity guests joining Holly on the cookery programme, which airs on TV3 tomorrow night, are stunning Pippa O'Connor, former rugby star Shane Byrne and model Madeline Mulqueen.

Sunday Independent