Gareth Bale dominates the first round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Gareth Bale is in good shape after the first round of his PGA Tour debut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The former Wales captain, 33, and professional partner Joseph Bramlett finished tied 18th on the amateur leaderboard at the Spyglass Hill course with a seven-under-par 65.

American Hank Lebioda leads the professional leaderboard with an eight-under-par 63.

Harry Hall (64) of the United Kingdom is tied for second.

A recovery shot off a path to save par on the second hole was a highlight of former Real Madrid forward Bale’s round.

“It was a great shot,” said Bale, who retired from football on 9 January.

“I tried to play it into the bank and hope for the best, as all amateur golfers would.

“It was nice to see it roll up nice and close. I finished it off nicely as well. I can’t really say much more.”

Bale, who has a two handicap, announced his retirement from football shortly after leading Wales at the World Cup finals in Qatar.

Among the 156 amateurs competing in the competition are actor Bill Murray, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, actor Jason Bateman, and rapper Mackelmore.

Among those competing are England’s US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick and former major champion Justin Rose.

Despite his glittering playing career, which included five Champions League titles with Real Madrid, Bale admitted to being nervous on the first tee.

“I think every amateur will tell you that,” he said. “Even if we are used to playing in front of 80,000 or more on live TV it’s a completely different sport.

“It’s a good experience but luckily I hit one of my best shots down the first fairway.”

The first three rounds are played on three different courses: Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula, and Spyglass Hill. The top 25 better ball pro-am pairings will advance to the final round on the Pebble Beach Links Course.