Rahm questions Bale’s handicap ahead of Pebble Beach debut


Jon Rahm (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Jon Rahm can’t believe Gareth Bale will be claiming two shots at next week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after getting his first taste of the Welshman’s golf game on Tuesday at Torrey Pines.

The Spaniard played a nine hole practice round with the former Real Madrid star prior to this week’s Farmers Insurance Open and was clearly impressed with the two-handicapper’s game.

“I told Gareth, you can’t be so good at professional football and golf at the same time, it just doesn’t seem fair,” said Rahm.

“Can’t be dedicated to one thing and have this much talent for golf, it’s not fair in the slightest.

“You can tell he loves this sport, he loves golf and he really wants to get to play a little bit more, so hopefully in the future I’ll see him more times in the pro-am.”

Fans of Real Madrid would claim the reason he’s so good is because that dedication was absent during his latter years as a player. Bale became known as ‘The Golfer’ in the Los Blancos locker-room as the injury prone star seemed to appear more on the fairways than the football field towards the end of his career.

Football’s loss is now golf’s gain, however, with Bale so comfortable with his own game that he didn’t even feel the need to ask Rahm for advice on the way round Torrey.

“He didn’t ask for anything, nor should he be asking, he’s already good enough,” Rahm added.

“Like I said, he has no business being that good when he’s a professional football player.

“The second he’s done and he can actually practice more, he’s going to get a lot better.

“He got two strokes, which I think it’s already wrong. He should be giving strokes back to the rest of the amateurs because he is a very, very good player.”

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