Boxing legend Canelo Álvarez once said that when he turns 37, he plans to retire and “play golf every day.” Judging by the shot he hit on Wednesday at Pebble Beach, it appears the 31-year-old from Mexico has already gotten a head start on those plans.
No, Álvarez has no plans to retire from boxing any time soon, but he seems to be dedicating just as much time to his profession as he is to golf. During the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am’s Million Dollar Hole-in-one for Charity event, host Jim Nantz asked Álvarez how he’s gotten so good at golf so quickly. “I practise every day,” Álvarez said. “Four hours.”
Álvarez then proceeded to go flag-hunting at Pebble’s famous par-3 17th, spinning one back to 11 inches, just missing what would have been an electric ace:
Álvarez, who is 57-1-2 as a boxer, is already putting together quite the golf highlight reel. Here he is draining an eagle putt last July at the American Century Championship and celebrating in style:
It’s simply not fair to be this good at two sports. The crazy part? Álvarez took up the game in the early stages of the pandemic and quickly became addicted. He tied for 35th in his first American Century Championship appearance (pretty damn good!), then won the Korn Ferry Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am last July. This week, he’ll make his Pebble Beach debut in the AT&T Pro-Am alongside Wyndham Clark. Kevin Streelman and Larry Fitzgerald, the kings of Pebble Beach, better watch their backs, because Canelo is coming out swinging.