Gareth Bale finishes in the top 20 at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Gareth Bale finished joint-16th at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am after missing the final round due to high winds in California.

The amateur event was cut to 54 holes, and ex-Wales footballer Bale and playing partner Joseph Bramlett finished on 16 under par.

Aaron Rodgers finished first among amateurs on 26 under par, tied with Canadian pro Ben Silverman.

Justin Rose leads the professional event by one shot heading into the final round.

Rose, 42, of England, had an eagle and a birdie in his last three holes to shoot a six-under 65 in the third round, bringing him to 12 under par, with Kurt Kitayama and Peter Malnati his closest competitors.
Despite the fact that his competition was limited, Bale, who retired from football shortly after leading Wales to the World Cup finals in Qatar last year, enjoyed the experience.

“The last few weeks have been incredible,” said the former Real Madrid forward, who has a two handicap.

“People complimenting my game are incredible, but they have put a bit too much pressure on my shoulders!

“I am a big golf fan who admires what these players do on the course. It’s fun to interact with them and watch what they do.

“It’s incredible to watch him (Bramlett) strike a ball. The strength, the touch. He has been incredible, and more importantly, he is a great guy. I could not have asked for a better collaborator.”

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