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Saturday 3 December 2016

Rory's little helpers reckon he's a shoe-in for Irish Open win

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Alex Kernaghan, Sara Lockhart, Ryan Keenan and Chloe Hyndman have all won a competition to design shoes that World #1 golfer Rory McIlroy will wear on each of the four days he plays at the upcoming Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Alex Kernaghan, Sara Lockhart, Ryan Keenan and Chloe Hyndman have all won a competition to design shoes that World #1 golfer Rory McIlroy will wear on each of the four days he plays at the upcoming Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy (R) and One Direction singer Niall Horan (L) react as they wait on the 11th tee during the pro-am competition at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, England, on May 20, 2015, ahead of the May 21 PGA Championship

Four young children affected by cancer have been chosen to design the shoes that golf's World Number One Rory McIlroy will wear at this year's Irish Open.

The youths were picked by McIlroy personally and the trainers have been designed by Nike for him to wear throughout the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down at the end of the month.

Across four consecutive days, winners Sara Lockhart (12), from Newtownards, Ryan Keenan (16), from Belfast, Chloe Hyndman (15) from Antrim, and Alex Kernaghan (13), from Enniskillen, will be invited to take their place on the 18th hole at Royal County Down to meet and have their photograph taken with Rory as the world watches.

The children, all of whom have a parent affected by cancer, are being supported by the Cancer Fund for Children.

As well as getting free tickets to the event, the children were also presented by Nike and The Rory Foundation with their very own pair of Nike trainers.

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Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy (R) and One Direction singer Niall Horan (L)

Rory expressed his joy at young people associated with the Cancer Fund for Children designed his shoes.

"I'm really pleased with the effort and attention to detail everyone put in - I can't wait to wear the different designs at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Newcastle," he said.

Chloe, who has been supported by the Cancer Fund for Children since she was 12 years old, said she was delighted with her design.

"My design is a combination of what I would wear and what I thought Rory would like," she said.

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