Former Tottenham and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has announced that he will participate in the PGA Golf Championship next month, with a prize pool of $9 million.
Bale’s love of golf was well known throughout his playing career and gained particular prominence during his time at Real Madrid. It was a joke that he would rather play golf than play for Los Blancos. But fans in the Spanish capital didn’t see the funny side.
The five-time Champions League winner infamously once appeared with a flag that read, ‘Wales. golf. Madrid. In that order’, which may be the point of no return with his relationship with supporters and the local media.
There was a lot of speculation about what the 33-year-old could do after he was suspended after a short stint with LAFC and a World Cup play for Wales.
Having pursued golf as a hobby for years, Bill is now going even further. He’s confirmed to play in the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California — it’s a tournament that includes 156 professional players and 156 amateurs, including other celebrities like Billy Murray and Jason Bateman.
The transition to professional golf is unheard of for retired football players. West Ham and Liverpool defender Julian Dicks turned professional and only had to let him go due to long knee problems that ended his playing career. Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharp also became a professional golfer until 2020.
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