Gareth Bale (Wales), who has been active for a long time at Tottenham and Real Madrid and recently retired, seems to be out of the ordinary.
This is because the winner of last year’s US Open Championship also praised her.
Bale will participate in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am of the American Professional Golf (PGA) tour, which opens on the 3rd (Korean time).
Of course, he’s not competing against a PGA Tour pro.
However, amateur golfers and professional players play together, and the performance of amateurs is also important as the ranking is calculated by combining the results of a pair of two.
This is the reason the top golf experts compete as amateur players.
It is the opinion of famous golfers who have seen his skills that Bale is at the top among such masters.
Last year’s US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick (England) played nine holes together at Bale and Pebble Beach Links on the day before the opening of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and said, “He plays golf really well. He has a natural talent. I was surprised.”
Golf.com reported that among 156 amateur golfers who competed in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year, Bale was found to have the second best golf skill based on the official handicap. 스포츠토토
Bale’s official handicap is 2. He has the second lowest, behind comedian and actor Alfonso Ribeiro (handicap 1).
He is better than amateur masters participating in this tournament, including actor Michael Pena (4 handicap), retired baseball player Buster Posey (5 handicap), former US professional football quarterback Alex Smith (7 handicap), and popular musician Ben Lecter (4 handicap).
Fitzpatrick is not alone in admiring Bale’s golf skills.
Jon Rahm (Spain), who played golf with Bale ahead of the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open, praised him, saying, “There are unfair things in the world because you are good at both soccer and golf.”
Bale suffered from frequent injuries during his time at Real Madrid. But even during his rehabilitation, he played golf and it became a problem.
When Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola heard the news of his retirement earlier this month, he even congratulated him “that he could be a fantastic golfer”.
Bale retired at a relatively early age for a recent star player at the age of 34, and the soccer world responded that he was trying to become a golf player, but the joke is gradually becoming a reality.