Gareth Bale vs. Bill Murray vs. Aaron Rodgers Story on Tape: Golf Handicaps Revealed Ahead of Pebble Beach Pro-Am
GARETH BALE gears up for his second sporting debut, swapping soccer for golf.
The Welshman is the latest celebrity to sign up for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am event in California, USA.
Former Real Madrid and Tottenham star Bale announced his retirement from football on January 9.
But just 15 days later, Bale announced he would be attending the celebrity special event, which has an illustrious history dating back to 1937
The 33-year-old is a well-documented golf fanatic, often playing in the final days of his Los Blancos career when injuries and a lack of selection hampered his main job.
Before his golf bow, Bale was praised by US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick.
The Sheffield United fan played nine holes with Bale on Wednesday and said: “It was really cool [to play with him].
“First time I’ve met him officially. It was obviously good to see him. Really really enjoyed.
“Ask him questions about football and he asks questions about golf and stuff like that.
“We’ve had really nice Front Nines and there aren’t many better places to do that than here.”
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But Bale will be up against a host of returning celebrity veterans and pros like Fitzpatrick.
These include Ghostbusters actor and comedian Bill Murray and NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen.
A total of 156 amateur golfers and 156 professionals are taking part in the tournament, which runs through Sunday.
Each amateur is paired with a pro and both play a round each at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and Shore Course.
Bale will partner former Korn Ferry Tour Championship winner Joseph Bramlett for the first three rounds.
This year’s event will also feature 54 holes instead of the usual 36.
The top 60 Pros and the top 25 Pro-Am teams will advance to the finals on Sunday in Pebble Beach.
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