The innovative solution of Gareth Bale to ban the golf world cup in Qatar

Gareth Bale is the most dedicated golfer in the World Cup.

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There are a lot of things Gareth Bale can do at this year’s World Cup. He can dazzle. He can inspire. He can represent himself and his country. He can reaffirm his status as one of the best players in the world.

It turns out that there is only one thing he is I can not: I play golf.

According to multiple reports, Bale’s golf skills caught the attention of his World Cup teammates and coaching staff, both of whom pressured the talented striker to stay away from the sport in Qatar. Just last week, Wales coach Rob Page was reported banned Bale stopped playing on the only golf course in Doha in an attempt to turn his attention back towards football.

But the problem is that Bell is a maniac. He plays at celebrity pros and outings whenever his schedule allows. Recently, he lit a flag at the completion of an international match that read: “Wales, golf, Madrid… in that order.”

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As the purists among us know, golf is hard to stop. Even when you have better things to do, and even when those “better things” include “representing your country at the World Cup”.

And so, at this year’s World Cup, not even a ban was enough to put Gareth Bale off golf. Instead, according to a report in Daily ExpressBell came up with an ingenious workaround: Instead of bringing himself to the golf course, he brought the golf course for him.

According to the report, Bale had a golf simulator installed at the Wales team’s compound in Qatar, where he can be found most moments when he is not on the field. His colleagues have also experimented with the machine, but they admit to having only one real user.

“We were just in the pool, playing table tennis, pool and golf,” said forward Mark Harris. “Team spirit is great anyway, but games like this help you. Gareth is very good at golf. I think most of us had a swing and we had time after training where we had some free time.”

If Monday afternoon is any indication, Bale has had no problem focusing on the task at hand at the World Cup.

With the Welsh native weighing in on his right foot, Bale Pen drill to complicate matters with the United States in the 80th minute of Monday’s first group-stage match, securing a potential championship-saving tie for his team and country. Bale’s goal has been in the making for some 64 years, achieving the biggest moment in Welsh World Cup history since the country last participated in the tournament in 1958.

Page is likely to put an end to Bale’s golfing habits if the Welsh side progress through the group stage. The stakes will then be higher, as will the quality of the opponent. Wells will need every ounce of Bale’s will if they continue.

But it’s also possible that Page has learned the same lesson that adversaries have for the better part of the past decade: He is very It’s hard to stop Gareth Bale.

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James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories to the website and the magazine. He writes Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and uses his broadcasting expertise across social media and brand video platforms. James, a 2019 graduate of Syracuse University — obviously his golf game — is still thawing four years ago in the snow. Before joining GOLF, James was a scholarship holder (and a clever looper) on Long Island, where he’s from. He can be reached at

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