Gareth Bale dinks sweet cart path shot at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
It has been less than a month since Gareth Bale retired from professional football, and he has wasted no time finding new competition.
Former Tottenham, Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale produced one of the top highlights from the amateur ranks while playing at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California. The 33-year-old retired from professional football in January after spending six months with MLS club LAFC.
Bale and Bramlett
Playing in his first PGA Tour event, Bale was partnered with Korn Ferry Tour Championship winner Joseph Bramlett, who he said he met around a year ago and has kept in contact with since. “We met about a year ago and we have just been speaking over the year,” he said. “I said to him last week ‘let’s prepare for this week’ – he had a great week last week, and what a player! He is a world-class player. Just watching these players play, you can learn things and how they go about their business and how they do their process. It is just nice to watch and pick up things, their demeanour, their focus. It is different from what we were used to, but it is similar to my profession. We have similar traits, so fantastic playing with him today.”
Bramlett is enjoying a terrific start to the tournament, tied for second at eight under through two rounds as he seeks his first PGA Tour victory, but he gave Thursday’s shot of the day to Bale for his miraculous up-and-down off the cart path. “I am more worried about how I found myself [on the path] in the first place, but I guess a lot of amateurs find themselves in that position,” Bale said. “It was a great shot and I just tried to play into the bank and hope for the best like most amateurs do. It was nice to see it roll up nice and close, and he was pretty much in for par so I was like ‘I will pick it up’ and [Bramlett] made me putt it because he was like ‘this is going to be the greatest up-and-down’.”
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