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Gareth Bale aces one of golf's most famous par 3s, celebrates as if Wales won the World Cup

May 18, 2023

It's a well-known fact that Gareth Bale's retirement from soccer in January meant he was going to be playing more golf. Well, more golf than all the golf he was already playing, something he was criticized for (wrongly, in our opinion, of course) during his career. But just a few months later, Bale can already claim another huge accomplishment on his golfing resume: a hole-in-one.

And not just any hole-in-one. Bale aced the famed third hole at Torrey Pines' South Course. You know, that downhill beauty with the Pacific as a background that everyone pauses to snap a photo when they play. With that view, the course's PGA Tour/U.S. Open history, and the fact that Bale could actually see his golf ball roll into the cup, it would be tough to pick a better spot for this momentous occasion. But it gets even better!

Bale had a friend video his shot. And that friend also wound up providing some electric commentary when the ball went in, setting off a celebration from Bale as if he had just scored the winning goal for Wales in the World Cup. Check it out:

Great stuff, Gareth. And Ollie. "This is a video for the ages!" Indeed. At 33, Bale has a lot of golf ahead of him, but it will be tough to top that.