Gareth Bale (Wales), a soccer star who is a ‘golf fanatic’ to the extent that most of the top amateur players are absent from the PGA Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a handicap of ‘2’ will be able to show off his hidden skills even on the green.
Bale will participate in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (total prize money of 9 million dollars) of the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour held in Pebble Beach, California on the morning of the 3rd (Korean time). Fans all over the world can see Bale swinging a golf club, not Bale running on the ground in soccer boots. 156 PGA Tour players and 156 celebrities, including business and sports stars, will participate in this event.
Bale announced his sudden retirement on his SNS on the 10th of last month. Bale, born in 1989, is in his mid-30s, but just a few months ago, he was a player who performed exceptionally well at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. However, after leading the return to the World Cup stage after 64 years as the captain of the Wales national team, he chose to retire without any regrets.
After taking off his soccer boots, Bale’s next move was golf. Bale’s love of golf has been known since his playing days. Even during his injury, his appearance playing golf was exposed to fans and he suffered several times, and in 2019, after Wales passed the 2020 European Football Championship qualifiers, he was affectionate enough to write the word ‘golf’ on the flag he took out. 스포츠토토
In fact, Bale’s golf skills are more than just amateurs. Immediately after his retirement, Bale participated in the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open Pro-Am, an unofficial match. “It’s not fair that Bale is this good at golf,” said Yon Ram (Spain), third in the men’s golf world rankings. If he concentrates on golf, his skills will only get better.”
To compete in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, his substantial debut, the handicap Bale submitted to the organizers was ‘2’. If he rounds on a par 72 course, that means he averages 74. Among the 156 amateur contestants, only 9 participants have better golf skills than Bale. Bale will play in the same group as Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, CEO of AME Cloud Ventures, David Ringmert (Sweden) and Joseph Bramlett (USA).
Most of the top PGA Tour players are absent from this event to prepare for the WM Phoenix Open (total prize money of 20 million dollars), which is a special event to be held next week. Among the Korean players, Kim Joo-hyung, Lim Seong-jae, Kim Si-woo, and Lee Kyung-hoon were left out of the list. This is why Bale’s performance has no choice but to attract more attention.