Gareth Bale speaks on pro golf career chances after addition to PGA Tour 2K23

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Gareth Bale has no intention of becoming a pro golfer despite his recent inclusion in PGA Tour 2K23 and his love for the sport. The 2K23 video game has added the former Real Madrid star as a celebrity guest alongside past and present NBA players Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry.

Bale, 34, retired from football early this year, weeks after representing Wales at the World Cup. Last year also saw the ex-Tottenham Hotspur player join MLS club LAFC, where he helped them to win the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup.

Despite being largely unused by the team, the winger came on as a substitute in the MLS Cup and scored the latest goal in league history with a 128th-minute header to tie the game and send it to a penalty shootout. LAFC won the shootout to claim their first title in franchise history.

While that and his debut World Cup appearance were the pinnacle of his late career, recent years have seen his passion for golf come to the fore. After retiring, that became particularly apparent after competing alongside American pro Joseph Bramlett in February’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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After being added to the game, Bale spoke about how difficult it is playing alongside professional players and ultimately why he’d never pursue a professional career himself. He said: “There’s a big difference, don’t get me wrong. But they really just think their way around the course, they don’t make those silly mistakes, when they hit a bad shot, they hit a bad shot into the correct spot, they just get up and down from everywhere.

“The focus they have, you can see it in their eyes, they’re just so focused with every shot. I feel like, for example, with me, an amateur, I can easily hit a couple of good shots and think I’m better than I am, and then come crumbling back down to earth, and then I have to grind again. So, just seeing, I guess, the practice they put in, obviously they put themselves in position where they’re gonna keep playing while not making too many mistakes. Something now that I would love to do more that I have the time is to practice and try and get better and try to achieve a better handicap.”

However, settling for staying as amateur has not stopped Bale from seeing himself in PGA Tour 2K23. In a release announcing the new update, 2K also revealed that the player will have his dream course in the game, which Bale himself had input on.

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“If I start with the name, I’d go with The Elevens Club,” he said. “Everybody knows my number’s always been No. 11. It’s my favorite number. It’s what I’m associated with. To have The Elevens Club would be a cool start.

“In terms of the location, I really like parkland courses with big trees, undulating fairways, and undulating greens. That’s always a good combination. I like the American-style course. Water’s always good to have for danger because a lot of amateur golfers get scared of or attracted to water. So that would be a cool thing.

“And one hole I’d love to have is a signature hole, and having a little waterfall in it or something that’s spectacular would be cool to have on the signature hole of that course. And I think it should be number 11.”

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