Reporter Kwon Hyeok-jun = Retired soccer star Gareth Bale (34, Wales) boasted formidable golf skills.
Bale recorded a 7 under par 65 in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am of the PGA Tour held at the Pebble Beach Spyglass Course (par 72) in California on the 3rd (Korean time).
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am is held in a way that a professional player and an amateur play in one group, and after three days of competition on three courses, the top 25 groups will have a final round. In professional players, those who pass the cut compete for the championship cup.
Bale, who played a key role in the Welsh national football team, took part in the tournament immediately after announcing his recent retirement. Even during his playing days, Bale was known as a ‘golf fanatic’, even practicing his golf swing during his soccer training.
Bale, who was highly praised by Jon Ram (Spain), who was ranked 3rd in the world before the tournament, showed off his formidable skills in the actual match that day.
After making a shot miss on the second hole, he showed a great recovery shot that landed on the cart road and put the ball into the hole cup. Thanks to that, I was able to succeed in making a par save even with a shot miss.
“I’m used to playing matches that are broadcast live on TV in front of 80,000 spectators, but golf is a completely different sport,” Bale said after the match. 안전놀이터
However, he expressed satisfaction with his performance on the day. “I got one of the best shots of my life from the first fairway. I was lucky,” he said. “The finish was good. I think it was a really good game. I had a great experience.”
Meanwhile, besides Bale, actor Bill Murray, NFL football player Aaron Rogers, and rapper Macklemore participated as amateur golfers in this tournament.