Gareth Bale confirms PGA Tour appearance weeks after retiring from football

New venture: Bale will play on the PGA Tour  (Getty Images)
New venture: Bale will play on the PGA Tour (Getty Images)

Gareth Bale’s footballing career may be over, but his golfing one may be just beginning.

The former Wales, Real Madrid and Tottenham star, who announced his retirement earlier this month, has confirmed he will be participating in the upcoming AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Bale will join a number of other celebrities competing in the event at the famous Californian links alongside some of the world’s top professionals.

The 33-year-old wrote on Instagram: "Delighted to announce I will be playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at the start of next month! Let’s go."

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Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur during the pre-season friendly match between St. Patrick's Athletic & Tottenham Hotspur at Richmond Park on July 12, 2007 in Dublin, Ireland (Getty Images)
Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur during the pre-season friendly match between St. Patrick's Athletic & Tottenham Hotspur at Richmond Park on July 12, 2007 in Dublin, Ireland (Getty Images)
Gareth Bale is seen leaving London Luton Airport on 18 September 2020. Gareth Bale is expected to complete his return to Tottenham Hotspur (Action Images via Reuters)
Gareth Bale is seen leaving London Luton Airport on 18 September 2020. Gareth Bale is expected to complete his return to Tottenham Hotspur (Action Images via Reuters)
Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Wales and Croatia at Cardiff City Stadium (Getty Images)
Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Wales and Croatia at Cardiff City Stadium (Getty Images)
Gareth Bale of Real Madrid shoots and scores his side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine (Getty Images)
Gareth Bale of Real Madrid shoots and scores his side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine (Getty Images)

Bale’s love of golf is well known. During his time with Real, where he won five Champions League titles, he posed, while on international duty with Wales, with a banner that read, ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In That Order’ - a move which sparked a backlash among supporters of the club.

Bale, whose last club was Los Angeles FC, is known to be a low handicapper and since he retired it has been reported that he intends to work on his golf game.

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.