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Ahead of USMNT showdown, Gareth Bale and his Wales teammates find way around team’s golf ban at 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Gareth Bale is a world-class footballer who has previously won three La Liga titles and five UEFA Champions League titles with Spanish club Real Madrid. He now plays in the United States and recently helped Los Angeles win the 2022 MLS Cup.

The 33-year-old from Cardiff, Wales, is also an avid golfer when he’s not on the course – just not at this year’s World Cup in Qatar. A key member of the Wales team that will start the group stage game against the United States on Monday, Bale and his teammates have been told they are not allowed to play golf during the international tournament and manager Rob Page wants the team to focus on the task at hand.

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“Yeah. No golf. We’re here to do the job.” Page said. “I used to come up to me Gareth, Kieffer Moore or Aaron Ramsey and asked: “What’s the plan for tomorrow afternoon? Will there be meetings? I said: “No, there are no meetings, so if you want nine holes, go and play.” But that’s when you have a week to prepare for a double headline. We won’t have enough time there. There is a game every four days. It’s ruthless.”

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This doesn’t mean that Bale’s golfing is getting stale. A golf simulator was reportedly installed in the team’s luxury hotel.

“We were just in the pool, playing table tennis, billiards and golf”, said Bale’s teammate Mark Harris. “Team spirit is good anyway, but games like this help. Gareth is very good at golf. I think most of us had swings and enjoyed ourselves after practice as we had free time.”

Bale is also a global R&A ambassador.

USA vs. Wales kicks off… starts… at 2:00 pm ET on Monday.

Click for complete information about the FIFA World Cup, courtesy of USA Today Sports.

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