'One Direction' update: Niall Horan takes a backswing at a career in golf


Following his band mate Harry Styles’ career move while One Direction is in hiatus, Niall Horan has reportedly put off plans for a solo music career to set up a golf player management firm.

The Sun revealed that Horan wants to be the “Jerry Maguire” in the field of golf. He has collaborated with the band’s management Modest to put up Modest Golf Management. The collaboration aims to seek out British and Irish talents in their first sports endeavor.

Mark McDonnell, a former account manager at equipment brand TaylorMade, has joined the team. The Sun quoted their source as saying, “Mark is an absolute legend in the industry and will help him with endorsement. It’s early days but he’s committed.” 

Golf Digest traced the relationship of Horan and McDonnell to 2012 when the latter assisted in professional golf player Darren Clark’s donation of a signed TaylorMade golf bag to the Nial Horan Golf Classic charitable tournament. The tournament was held on Horan’s birthday in the said year.

Another event that showed Horan’s affinity for the sport was when he caddied for his friend, Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy, at the Par-3 Contest at Augusta on April 2015. In that event, golf superstar Tiger Woods played after 11 years of absence.

Mail Online reported that Horan got to tee off with Woods on that day. It was also during that event where Horan fell carrying McIlroy’s clubs and just laughed it off. That incident did not stop him from supporting his friend McIlroy as Horan has supported him in other competitions after that.

With two members of One Direction already pursuing their passions after their last performance as a group, first time father Louis Tomlinson’s and 2014 Sexiest Man of the Year Liam Payne’s career moves have yet to be announced.