15 July 2017

Holiday Brit stunned when Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is introduced as his golf partner

A HOLIDAY Brit was stunned when he turned up to play golf and footie superstar Gareth Bale joined him.

Sam Carroll, 24, was on a golfing trip with two friends when he bagged the dream round at an exclusive US course.

Manchester United fan Sam Carroll with Gareth Bale
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He arrived to be told he could not play on his own and would be joined by Bale, who moved to Real Madrid from Spurs in 2013 for a world record ­transfer fee of £85million.

The fire and safety project co-ordinator played 18 holes with the £350,000-a-week Welsh ace as his pals watched in awe.

Man United fan Sam, who paid £566 for his round at Pebble Beach in California, said: “I didn’t believe it when I was told, ‘Sir you’re playing with Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.’

“I was shaking but it was fine. He was great. We talked about football.

“He said United try to sign him every year but he is happy in Madrid.”

Sam and pals Ben Froggatt and ­Matthew Sutcliffe, both 25, are all keen amateur golfers in Manchester.

Teeing off… Gareth Bale plays at Pebble Beach
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Bale plays off a handicap of five and Sam said: “He beat me by a few shots.

“He hits his driver 300 yards!”

Gareth Bale reaching the 18th… Manchester lad Sam said the football star was pretty good with a golf club
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