Gasol and Bale debut as golfers in an official tournament in California

Pau Gasol and Gareth Bale have taken advantage of their retirement from basketball and football to pursue a new hobby. A passion that was already known in the Welshman, but in which the two-time NBA champion has also proven to be very skilled.

The former NBA player showed that he is not given anything else to golf


Gasol and Bale have participated these days in a golf tournament on the professional circuit, the Peblle Beach Pro-Am, in which amateurs like them share space with professionals. Despite the fact that the former Real Madrid player is a regular on the golf courses –something that came to cost him strong criticism during his active days- Pau Gasol has been the one who has shone the most in this competition.

Despite the fact that the bad weather conditions this Saturday at Pebble Beach made it impossible to finish the third round of the tournament due to the wind, the man from Sant Boi finished in the top ten. Gasol surprised the vast majority of those present due to his good work with the sticks despite the proximity to his withdrawal from the courts. His evolution, after only a few months of golf practice, is very positive and on multiple holes it was his ball that scored more than his partner’s, the professional Mark Hubbard.

Gareth Bale before the watchful eye of the public at Pebble Beach


The Welshman Gareth Bale, despite the good momentum of his teammate, Joseph Bramlett, dropped positions in the table, but finished the tournament among the top 16 records. If the day had been able to develop normally, they would not have had any problem making the cut.

The tournament, weather conditions permitting, will resume this Sunday, but only for professional golfers. Until the time of the suspension, the great winner of the day was the North American Peter Malnati, who competed on the Pebble Beach course with an impressive score of -6 in the 12 holes played. Six birdies to his credit that took him straight to the provisional lead with a total of 12 under par.

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They are closely followed with -10 by two compatriots like Joseph Bramlett and Keith Mitchell, the first with thirteen holes played, and the second with ten. Kitayama remains in the fight, who lost his lead by completing the par on the course in the nine holes he played, adding -9 overall, the same balance as the leader of the first day, Hank Lebioda. Viktor Hovland, very low until Friday, joins the group of candidates for the final victory with -2 on his Saturday round.



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