Pros admire the shot to escape from the bunker… Soccer star Bale’s ‘strong golf skills’
Gareth Bale (34, Wales), a soccer star who retired on the 10th of last month, was famous for his love of golf as much as his soccer skills. With exciting dribbles and measured free kicks, Tottenham in the English Premier League and Real Madrid in Spain’s Primera Liga played an active role as top players, and last year, he led his homeland Wales to the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar after 64 years.슬롯사이트
However, when he was unable to play due to an injury during his time at Real Madrid, he enjoyed playing golf, and even received criticism from fans saying, “If you’re going to do that, you should rather play golf.” Known for having a 3-hole mini-golf course at home, his handicap is 2, to the point where John Rahm (Spain), whom he golfed with last month, said, “It’s hard for a soccer player to have such great golfing talent, but it’s not fair to be good at both.” was
23 days after his football retirement, Bale took to the field. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am of the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, which kicked off on the 3rd in Pebble Beach, California, was Bale’s first official stage.
In this event, 156 celebrities from all walks of life will be paired with 156 professional players one by one to compete in a pro-am format. Bale came out as an amateur celebrity. American Professional Football (NFL) legendary quarterback Aaron Rogers, comedian Bill Murray, and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also participated. Professional players determine the winner by their individual scores, and professional and amateur players play with their own balls, and the better score is used as the team score to determine the winning team.
On the first day, Bale teamed up with Joseph Bramlett (USA) at Spyglass Hill Golf Course (par 72) to play the first round and tied for 18th with a 7 under par 65 strokes. They are 5 strokes behind the leading team. Bramlett’s score was 4 under par with 6 birdies and 2 bogeys. Amateur scores were not released, but it was evaluated as high quality.
Bale, who was applauded for his par save following a bunker shot from hole 1 (par 5), showed off a feat that rivaled that of a professional golfer in hole 2 (par 4).
He hit the edge of the green with a wedge softly on the cart road around the green and attached it to the 1.2m hole to catch par. The shot video quickly surpassed 1 million views on PGA Tour social media. Bale said, “I’ve played a soccer game that was broadcast live on TV in front of more than 80,000 spectators, but golf is a completely different sport.
In the professional category, Hank Levioda of the United States reduced 8 strokes with 9 birdies and 1 bogey at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club (par 71) to take the sole lead with 8 under par 63 strokes.
In this competition, rounds 1 to 3 are played on three courses, and only the finalist team wins at the Pebble Beach Links on the last day.