Welsh soccer legend Gareth Bale (34) goes on the PGA (American Professional Golf) Tour.
Bale will participate in the PGA Tour AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (total prize money of $9 million) held at Pebble Beach Links, California, USA on the 3rd (hereinafter Korean time). Bale competes in the amateur division at this tournament, which features 156 PGA Tour pros, NFL quarterback Aaron Rogers, and 156 celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds, including American actor Bill Murray (above).
Bale, who finished last season at LAFC of the American Major League Soccer (MLS), finished the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Bale, who announced his retirement from active duty on his SNS on the 10th, announced his participation in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks later, on the 24th of last month, and started the second act of his life as a “golfer” like his nickname. 스포츠토토
World No. 3 Jon Rahm (Spain), who played a practice round with Bale, said of his skills, “I told Bale, ‘You can’t be good at soccer and golf at the same time,’ and I was surprised to see his skills. It’s hard to have such a great golf talent. (Bale’s skills, which are excellent in both football and golf) are not fair,” he praised. Goal.com, a soccer media outlet, reported on the 11th that ‘Bale’s golf handicap as of the end of 2022 is 2’. Although he is not a scratch golfer (handicap 0), considering that the handicap of professional golfers is between 1 and 6 in their amateur days, Bale’s handicap is already enough to challenge him on the professional stage. The Daily Express, a British daily newspaper, reported on the 1st that ‘Bale will enter the top 10 in the amateur category’ and ‘Among the amateur celebrities participating in this competition, there are about 9 people with a lower handicap than Bale’.
Bale was criticized for playing golf during his active career, even during his rehabilitation from injuries. He showed off his extraordinary love of golf by playing rounds at famous courses in the US and Europe whenever he had a chance, even though his colleagues called him a ‘golfer’. He also developed a par 3 course modeled after a world-famous course at his home and improved his skills. Attention is focusing on whether he will show his skills on the PGA Tour.