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Golf roundup: Gareth Bale impresses at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as LIV Golfers await DP World Tour fate

Recently retired Gareth Bale impressed in his first start on the PGA Tour in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California over the weekend.

The former Wales captain, who hung up his boots after leading Wales in the Qatar World Cup, scored 16-under-par alongside playing partner Joseph Bramlett, finishing T16 in the Pro-Am leaderboard.

The amateurs in the event were unable to compete in the final round due to weather delays.

Englishman Justin Rose has a two-shot lead entering the back nine, with the final round being completed on Monday morning.

Bale, who plays off a handicap of two, held his own in the field, with an up-and-down from the cart path and a long putt on the 15th hole among the highlights.

The five-time Champions League winner was criticised during his playing career after being accused of spending too much time on golf.

Less than a month after announcing his retirement Bale revealed he would be playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which sees celebrity amateurs compete alongside PGA Tour pros.

On his experience at the iconic golf course, which hosted the U.S Open in 2019, Bale said: “The last couple of weeks have been amazing.

“People giving me compliments on my game is incredible, they have put a bit too much pressure on my shoulders!

“I am a big golf fan and appreciate what these players do on the golf course. It is great to play with them, interact and watch what they do.”

Rose is looking for his first win since the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open

Rose, 42, carded a 62 in the third round before the quick turnaround to get as many holes in before darkness halted play.

After starting with a bogey on the first, the 2013 U.S Open champion bounced back by going four-under through his next eight holes, including an eagle at the par-five sixth, to lead by two over Americans Denny McCarthy, Brendon Todd and Peter Malnati.

“I felt I played scratchy so I was happy with the shots I was able to pull off at the right time. I worked hard and got a lot out of it,” Rose said.

“The guys out here don’t care who I am, what name is on the bag. They are here to do a job. The standard is so deep and strong so I need to come out and do my job, keep it clean and take my chances.

“There is less time for someone to make that big run but I am expecting one from someone because they have nothing to lose.”

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Golf’s civil war goes to court

The 13 LIV golfers involved in a lawsuit with the DP World Tour will face an anxious wait to determine whether they will be able to play on the DP World Tour as a court hearing gets underway in London.

The DP World Tour fined and suspended players who appeared in the Saudi-backed league, before temporarily lifting the suspension after an appeal.

Now the likes of Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood will wait with anticipation to see if they can play on the European Tour.

Paul Casey of England plays his tee shot on the 4th hole on Day Four of the PIF Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on February...
Casey was in action over the weekend in the Saudi Invitational on the Asian Tour, finishing fifth place on 13-under-par

The verdict could prove crucial as LIV currently provides no world ranking points in its tournaments and players not able to compete on the DP World Tour will face a serious setback in their quest to qualify for the Ryder Cup in Rome later this year.

The PGA Tour has its own lawsuit with LIV Golf which will begin in 2024.

Abraham Ancer, another LIV member, won the Saudi Invitational in Royal Greens

The first event of LIV’s second season takes place at Mayakoba in Mexico later this month.

England’s Daniel Gavins won the latest event on the DP World Tour, despite a double-bogey at the 72nd hole, taking the victory by one shot in the Ras Al Khaimah Championship.

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