Bale to make PGA Tour debut at Pebble Beach Pro-am

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Gareth Bale (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Former Welsh footballer Gareth Bale has wasted little time in turning his attention to the fairways post-retirement, announcing he will compete in next week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The former Welsh Captain and Real Madrid star was often criticised for the amount of time he spent playing golf throughout his footballing career.

In fact, he became known as ‘The Golfer’ during his spell with Los Blancos, though he never understood people’s fascination with his love of golf.

“A lot of people have problems with me playing golf,” Bale said, often jeered by the fans. “I don’t know what their reason is because I’ve spoken to doctors and everybody’s fine with it.”

Bale would sometimes respond by swinging an invisible club when celebrating a goal, unconcerned by criticism given the honours he captured in an undoubtedly successful playing career.

But with football now in the rearview mirror, it’s time for Bale’s PGA Tour debut in California to take centre stage where he’ll join the likes of Séamus Power in the famous celebrity pro-am event in February.

“Delighted to announce I will be playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at the start of next month! Let’s go,” Bale said.

The Welshman is said to play off a two-handicap, but with extra time now on his hands, expect that to drop this year.

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