Niall Horan and Rory McIlroy at Augusta. Darron Cummings
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Rory McIlroy is joining One Direction to sing on stage at the home of the Patriots

From golfer to singer for one night only.

THERE’S BEEN A hole in One Direction since a member of the group departed recently, but Rory McIlroy is set to chip in instead… but for one night only.

McIlroy has made the cut to join the pop group for their concert at Gillette Stadium, the home of Super Bowl XLIX winners New England Patriots, on Saturday, 12 September.

That also happens to be the same weekend the new NFL season will kick-off. However, as defending champions, the Patriots will kick-off their campaign on the preceding Thursday, so the stadium won’t be out of bounds.

McIlroy has links to One Direction member Niall Horan, who caddied for the world’s number one golfer during the Par 3 Tournament at Augusta last week. According to, McIlroy will return the favour by joining the boyband on stage for one song in Foxborough in the autumn.

“It was ridiculous to even be here at Augusta,” Niall Horan told Todd Lewis of Golf Channel. “It is insane. Obviously being friends with Rory, and Rory asking me at the end of last year to go on the bag with him at the Par 3, it was special.

“When the world number one tells you to go on the bag, you go. It is amazing to be here, and that experience was overwhelming really.”

Horan mentioned that McIlroy is a ‘terrible’ singer, so he should fit in with the rest of the group pretty seamlessly. Even if McIlroy’s lack of singing experience proves to be a handicap, he could always take a course to ensure that he doesn’t put in a below-par performance. Otherwise it could be a rough night in front of One Direction’s legion of fans.

Rory will be hoping for a better performance than what Niall Horan put in at Augusta last Wednesday. The man from Westmeath shanked a tee-shot into the drink before falling on his arse on live TV.

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