Gareth Bale, the former Wales captain, has revealed that he would compete in a PGA Tour tournament just weeks after retiring from professional football.
Bale has announced that he would compete in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February in California.
The 33-year-old retired as Wales’ most-capped male player and record men’s goalscorer earlier this month.
“Delighted to announce I will be playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at the start of next month! Let’s go,” he posted on social media on Monday.
Bale has made his love of golf no secret down the years – and it drew the annoyance of Madrid fans when he was snapped with a banner than read: “Wales. Gold. Madrid. In that order”.
And with his golfing prowess, bookmakers Betfair are offering odds of him to win the Pro-Am. They go 50/1 about Bale to win the Pro-Am, while the Welshman is the same odds to wear a Madrid shirt at some point during the tournament.
A five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Bale’s relationship with the Spanish giants suffered when he was pictured with a banner that read ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’ while on international duty with his country in 2019.
There will be 156 amateurs participating at Pebble Beach and the same number of professionals, including US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, world number five Patrick Cantlay and three-time major winner Jordan Spieth.