Golf fanatic’ Gareth Bale (33) announced plans to participate in the US Professional Golf (PGA) tour two weeks after retiring from soccer.

Bale said on his Instagram account on the 23rd (local time), “I am happy to announce that I will be playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which opens next month.”

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am takes place February 2-5 in Pebble Beach, California. 156 amateurs and the same number of professionals compete. Bale is one of the most famous amateurs participating in the tournament, along with NFL star quarterback Aaron Rogers and actor Bill Murray. Among the professional players, US Open winner Matthew Fitzpatrick, world number 5 Patrick Cantlay, Laurie Sabatini and Jordan Spieth will participate.

Bale announced on the 9th that he would no longer play as a professional soccer player. The Welsh-born Bale made his professional debut in 2006 with English club Southampton. He later went through Tottenham and Real Madrid, enjoying an era as a world-class striker. In particular, he experienced the European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League (CL) five times and La Liga three times in Real Madrid. He was a Welsh hero. He led the team to the World Cup finals 64 years after the 1958 Swedish tournament. Since 2006, he has played in 111 A matches (national competitions) in the Welsh national football team uniform and scored 41 goals, making his name the highest appearance and highest scorer in the history of the Welsh national team. 메이저사이트

After the contract with Real Madrid ended last season, he moved to LAFC of the American Professional Football League (MLS) and played for about six months. After he was knocked out in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he announced his retirement without looking for a new team.

Bale’s love of golf is well known. Even though he was unable to play due to an injury, he was criticized by fans for being exposed to playing golf. After leading Wales to qualify for the European Football Championship in 2019, he caused controversy by taking a picture of himself smiling broadly while holding a Welsh flag with the words ‘Golf, Real Madrid, in that order’.

It’s hard to say that he’s decided to pursue his full-time career as a golfer just because he’s competing in his pro-am.

Wales national team manager Robert Page said Bale had asked to be involved with the national team as a coach or ambassador rather than as a player, and that discussions would continue.

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