Niall Horan

Niall Horan

Niall Horan has revealed he has a key role in the Ryder Cup.

The 23-year-old singer, who set up a golf talent agency after his band One Direction decided to take an extended hiatus in March this year, will be heading over to Minnesota next week for the start of the Ryder Cup.

Niall turned to golf to escape the pressures of being in a boy band and despite reportedly signing a solo record deal with Capitol US, before he gets back in the studio he plans to get stuck in to his other passion - golf.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, Niall said: "I'm going to be involved with the Ryder Cup team to try to do a bit for them and help them concentrate on their golf. I would have been going there anyway because the Ryder Cup is one of the ones you have to tick off the bucket list. I'm looking forward to it. I'll be doing a lot of tweeting and shouting and roaring anyway, so I'm a bit of a mascot I suppose."

He recently signed up amateur Italian golfer Guido Migliozzi to the company Modest Golf Management, which he set up earlier this year to find and nurture new talent.

Niall previously explained: "I love it. I'm obsessed with it to be honest. I have a massive passion for it and I play quite a lot - most of the time at The Grove [in Hertfordshire] which is convenient because it's just 20 minutes from my home. It's a good challenging course and they look after me really well down here, all the lads are sound. Plus it's in great condition all the time, one of the best around.

And Niall previously admitted to being a complete "anorak" when it comes to golf stats so there's no wonder Niall's presence on the putting green is welcomed.

English professional golfer Justin Rose is mates with the One Direction star and he thinks having Niall on hand will benefit the squad, he added: "Niall is passionate about all sports. When Niall ad libs you get to see the true talent come out on a guitar, so to be around someone who really is that talented with great charisma and personality is infectious."