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One Direction star Niall caddies for Rory McIlroy

Horan should stick to singing. Credit: Reuters

One Direction singer Niall Horan acted as Rory McIlroy's caddie ahead of this week's Masters in Augusta.

The pop star proved he should stick to singing after badly hooking a tee shot on the ninth into the water.

"I apologise to golf," Horan joked. "I do perform to a lot of people but we were performing to their parents today! There was a lot of pressure."

McIlroy is favourite to win this week's Masters. Credit: Reuters

McIlroy, who is looking to become the sixth player to complete the career grand slam by winning a first Masters title on Sunday, added: "I wanted to do this because it's a big week for me and just to go into the tournament in a relaxed mood. To spend a couple of hours like this was fun."

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Clarke favourite for Ryde Cup captain role

Former Open champion Darren Clarke remains a strong favourite to be named European Ryder Cup captain for 2016 on Wednesday.

Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn are the contenders to succeed Paul McGinley at Hazeltine in September next year, when Europe will be looking to maintain their recent dominance with a seventh win in the last eight contests.

Darren Clarke is optimistic. Credit: PA

McGinley is part of the five-man selection panel who will each have a vote when they meet at European Tour headquarters in Wentworth, with predecessors Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie joined by European Tour chief executive George O'Grady and players representative David Howell.

Sources close to Clarke are understood to be quietly optimistic that the Northern Irishman has enough support to get the nod, although the 46-year-old is understandably said to be not taking anything for granted.

Davies 'flattered and honoured' by R&A membership

Laura Davies is one of the first members. Credit: PA

Dame Laura Davies has spoken of her honour after being named as one of the first female members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

The Scottish club had a men-only membership rule for its 260-year history until they voted to change the rules.

It’s an incredible honour and I am so flattered. I’ve had such an amazing time lately, with the Damehood, Hall of Fame and now this lovely news, that I feel so very lucky. This is such an historic moment in golf’s history and I really appreciate that the R&A have invited me to be part of it.

– Laura Davies
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