Gareth Bale battles the elements to complete his third and final round at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Gareth Bale battles the elements to complete his third and final round at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California … as the recently retired Real Madrid legend impresses in his first PGA Tour event but finishes 10 strokes behind winners Aaron Rogers and Ben Silverman
- Gareth Bale finished at Pebble Beach on Sunday with an impressive -16
- It was a weather round – the wind prevented Bale from finishing on Saturday
- 33-year-old Bale finished together with the American Joseph Bramlett
- Bramlett trails tournament leader Justin Rose of England by three shots
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Gareth Bale completed the third and final weather-delayed round at Pebble Beach California on Sunday, posting a 16-under par over those three rounds.
Strong winds disrupted play on Saturday, meaning amateurs had to play until Sunday as the tournament was due to end on Monday, with professionals competing in the fourth and final round.
It was a rainy Sunday morning when Bale, along with American Joseph Bramlett, headed back to resume their round.
Bale and Bramlett’s -16 score put them 11th in the amateur rankings. Aaron Rodgers, the NFL quarterback expected to leave his Green Bay Packers the team led the offseason standings at -26 along with Canada’s Ben Silverman.
In the main event, Bramlett trails leader Justin Rose by three shots entering the final round.
Gareth Bale completed his final round on Sunday morning at Pebble Beach in California
Bale’s third round was canceled due to high winds on Saturday
Before the competition began on Thursday, Bale earned praise from a number of big names in golf – such as John Rahm, who said it was unfair that Bale was playing golf and football so well.
“I told Gareth you can’t be that good at professional football and golf at the same time, it just doesn’t seem fair,” said Rahm, the world No.3.
“You can’t dedicate yourself to one thing and have so much talent in golf, it’s completely unfair.
Bale was flattered by the praise, but said it made him feel even more pressure.
“People complimenting me on my playing is incredible, it puts too much pressure on my shoulders!” he said.
“I’m a huge fan of golf and appreciate what these players do on the golf course.
“Playing with them, communicating and watching what they do is very nice. Just watching him [Bramlett] hitting the ball is just something else.
“Power, touch. He was incredible, and he’s an even better guy, more importantly. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”
When Bale returned to the track on Sunday, he had to contend with the rain
Bale, 33, played alongside Joseph Bramlett (right) at Pebble Beach this week
It comes just a month after Bale announced his retirement from football, spending his final season in the US Premier League with LAFC.
Bale’s playing partner Bramlett is fifth at nine under after three rounds, while Rose tops the leaderboard at -12.
Kevin Mitchell is tied for fourth at -10, while Kurt Kitayama and Peter Malnati lead the chase for Rose and sit a step behind.