‘You just can’t be so good at football AND golf. It doesn’t seem fair’: World No 3 golfer Jon Rahm is amazed by Gareth Bale’s game after sharing nine holes with ex-Real Madrid star at Pro-Am in San Diego
- Jon Rahm was amazed by Gareth Bale’s golfing ability after they played together
- World No 3 Rahm and Bale shared nine holes together in San Diego on Tuesday
- The ex-Real Madrid star will play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am next month
World No 3 golfer Jon Rahm was left in awe of Gareth Bale’s own ability on the greens after he played nine holes with the Welsh star at Torrey Pines.
The former Wales, Real Madrid and Tottenham star, who announced his retirement earlier this month, will be participating in the upcoming AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February alongside other celebrities and some of the world’s top golfers.
Ahead of the tournament in California, Bale has been getting some practice in by joining the Spanish star – who won on the PGA Tour last week – ahead of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.
Jon Rahm was left amazed by Gareth Bale’s golfing ability after he shared nine holes with him
Rahm and the former Real Madrid star played at Torrey Pines in San Diego on Tuesday
The 28-year-old Spaniard, who is enjoying a strong season by winning three of his last five starts, is one of the favorites to win the event on the same course where he captured his sole major title at the 2021 US Open.
Although, Rahm was given a run for his money with a unique challenge as he was paired up with Bale for Tuesday’s Pro-Am and was full of praise for his partner.
‘I told Gareth you just can’t be so good at professional football and golf at the same time, it just doesn’t seem fair,’ Rahm told Spanish news outlet Marca.
‘You can’t be dedicated to one thing and still have this much talent for golf, it’s not fair in the slightest. But he’s looking to retire soon and he loves this sport and he loves golf.
‘He really wants to play a little bit more and hopefully in the future I’ll see him more times in the Pro-Am.’
Rahm was obviously unaware that Bale has already hung up his boots, but revealed that he didn’t even need to ask for any tips or advice when out on the course.
Bale’s love of golf was a point of contention during the final few years of his time at Real Madrid
Now retired, Bale will be playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California next month
‘He didn’t ask for anything, and nor should he be asking he’s good enough,’ Rahm answered.
‘Like I said he has no business being that good when he’s a professional football player. The second he’s done and he can practice a lot more he’s gonna get a lot better.
‘He got two strokes, which I think is already wrong. He should be giving strokes back to the rest of the amateurs because he’s already a very, very good player.’
There will be 156 amateurs participating at Pebble Beach from February 2-5 and the same number of professionals, including US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick and world number five Patrick Cantlay.
Other celebrities listed to play include actor Bill Murray and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.