Reporter Choi Song-ah = Welsh football star Gareth Bale (34), who participated in the Pro-Am Tournament of the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, showed off his sharp shot sense.

Bale participated in the PGA Tour AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (total prize money of 9 million dollars), which began on the 3rd (Korean time) in Pebble Beach, California, USA.

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is a tournament where celebrities from all walks of life play alongside pros, and Bale competed as one of the amateur celebrities.

Professional players and amateur golfers play in pairs.

The professional players determine the winner by their individual scores, and the winning team is awarded separately based on the combined team scores of professionals and amateurs.

Bale, who played in a group with professional player Joseph Bramlett (USA), tied for 18th in the team competition on the first day by combining 7 under par at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course (par 72, 7,041 yards). They are 5 strokes behind the leading team.

Bale, who said, “I’m very nervous for some reason” ahead of the first hole, escaped from the bunker from hole 1 (par 5) and succeeded in making a par save, demonstrating his renowned skills. 메이저놀이터

In hole 2 (par 4), he drew attention with an even better par save.

Bale, whose second shot landed on the edge of the cart road and faced a crisis, attempted an approach shot with a wedge.

After brushing the road, the ball he hit bounced up once more from the front of the green, landed at the beginning of the green, and rolled as it was, sticking to the pin about 1m away and leading to a par.

“Even if you’re used to playing in front of 80,000 people or even more watching live on TV, this is a completely different sport,” said Bale after round one. “Luckily, one of the best shots came from the first fairway.” .

Regarding the par save scene in hole 2, he said, “It was a great shot.

Bale, who has scored 41 goals in 111 matches as a member of the Welsh national team since 2006 and holds the record for the most A-match appearances and the most goals for the national team, announced his retirement from both the club and the national team last month after participating in the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

His club life was at Southampton and Tottenham in England, Real Madrid in Spain and LAFC in the United States.

During his Real Madrid days, he was criticized for playing golf even when he was unable to play due to injury, and after Wales succeeded in advancing to the Euro 2020 finals, he held a flag with the words ‘Wales Golf Madrid’ written on it while holding a ceremony, incurring the anger of Madrid fans. did.

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