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Sangmoon Bae |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
College: South Korea

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Sangmoon Bae turned in a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's second round of THE PLAYERS.
If not for a 5 at the par-4 18th hole where he concluded today's round, Bae would have gone bogey-free despite hitting only 11 greens in regulation. He capitalized on those opportunities with birdies at Nos. 2 and 8 before rolling in a 10-and-a-foot look at eagle at the par-5 11th. The South Korean also holed out for birdie from the rough eight yards away at the par-4 10th. At 4-under 140, he's four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead, nifty stuff given he's miss 14 GIR thus far. May 8 - 2:12 PM

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Sangmoon Bae has been removed from the published field of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The South Korean finished a respective T33 and T37 at the Masters and RBC Heritage, which is decent given he withdrew during his previous start in San Antonio due to a back injury. Obviously, severity varies across the board, but a positive rebound has value in all cases. Bae is 12th in the FedExCup standings, but he didn't qualify for next week's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. So, we won't see him again until THE PLAYERS in two weeks.
Apr 20 - 11:00 AM

With a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage, Sangmoon Bae owns sole possession of the early clubhouse lead.

Bae's T33 at the Masters was his best finish since the conclusion of the West Coast Swing, so he made the short trip to Hilton Head Island with relative momentum. He split eight (of 14) fairways and created 13 opportunities to score. He connected on four and added a zero-putt six-yarder for birdie from the fringe on the par-4 ninth where he concluded the round. At last check, Bae led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green at 5.332. Conditions are challenging today, so the afternoon wave has its work cut out. UPDATE: Bae has since lost the lead, but added a quote from the South Korean about his ongoing lawsuit sparked by the expiration of his travel visa on Dec. 31, 2014. "Nothing changed," he said. "Still waiting for legal action, the court situation. One or two months more need to wait."
Apr 16 - 12:36 PM

Sangmoon Bae signed for a 2-over-par 36-38=74 following his opening round of the Masters.

Bae last played two weeks ago, but he had to walk off TPC San Antonio after just seven holes with a back injury. He manufactured only 10 scoring opportunities at Augusta National today and wiped away three birdies with five bogeys. The South Korean has gone quietly in the long-term, too. Since the conclusion of the West Coast Swing, he's 2-for-5 with no top 45s and only one red number.
Apr 9 - 3:54 PM

Sangmoon Bae elected not to tee it up in next week's Shell Houston Open.

Bae walked off TPC San Antonio after seven holes on Thursday with a back injury. He's 0-for-2 in Houston and really has no long-term reason to force the issue, so look for him at the Masters in two weeks. The two-time PGA TOUR winner is 1-for-2 in the season's first major with a T37 in his debut in 2012.
Mar 27 - 6:16 PM

Sangmoon Bae withdrew from the Valero Texas Open during his opening round, citing a back injury.

Bae completed seven holes in 6-over-par with one birdie, three bogeys and two doubles. It's his fourth mid-tournament WD in 92 PGA TOUR starts and it's the latest disappointment since the PGA TOUR migrated east for the Florida Swing. He's now 2-for-5 since with no top 45s. However, thanks to his win at the Open and another three top 10s, the South Korean sat 10th in the FedExCup standings entering the week. Incidentally, nothing new on the lawsuit involving his expired travel visa has been reported for a couple of months.
Mar 26 - 12:10 PM

Sangmoon Bae ventures back to TPC San Antonio for his second Valero Texas Open.

The first was a disaster. He posted an 83 in the opening round of the 2013 edition and ultimately withdrew. He didn't do anything on the Florida Swing to inspire confidence, making two of four cuts with a T46 in the WGC-Cadillac Championship representing his best effort.
Mar 25 - 9:19 PM

Sang-moon Bae posted a 1-over-par 33-39=72 in the final round of the Northern Trust Open to tie for eighth at 4-under 280.

As the scorecard suggests, Bae's performance in the final round at Riviera Country Club was a tale of two nines. After pars on his first seven holes to begin the round, he closed out his front nine with back-to-back birdies including a 14'7" effort on the par-4 ninth. His back nine was made up of six pars and three bogeys. He will like his wounds and live to fight another day. He moves from seventh to fourth in the FedExCup standings.
Feb 22 - 6:46 PM

Sang-moon Bae fired a bogey-free 5-under-par 51-35=66 in the third round of the Northern Trust Open to take the early clubhouse lead at 5-under 208.

Bae came out of the gates hot at Riviera Country Club, securing birdies on his first two holes. He added another pair on the par-3 sixth and the par-4 seventh, with the latter falling from 12'4". His final circle on the card came at the iconic par-4 10th hole, as he would then hold on for eight pars to end his round just after noon PT. Ball-striking was the key to his round, as he landed 14 GIR and had gained just over four strokes tee-to-green at the time of his posting.
Feb 21 - 3:22 PM

Sang-moon Bae has been removed from the published field of this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The South Korean tied for 32rd at last week's Farmers for the best result in his last three starts. We can't rule out that the lawsuit in his homeland is a distraction, but today's news of his early WD from this week's tournament only adds to the interest and intrigue. Then again, he's had little success at Pebble Beach with a T61 (in 2012) as his only payday in two trips. Bae is currently fifth in the FedExCup standings.
Feb 9 - 10:05 AM

Sang-moon Bae is scheduled to compete in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Given that the tournament begins on Jan. 29 and extends past the 30-day grace period inside which the Military Manpower Administration [MMA] demanded that he return home to begin fulfilling his military obligation, Bae might seem to be a surprise entry into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale's newly renovated Stadium Course. However, as reported earlier in the month, Bae is allowed to remain abroad during the duration of his lawsuit that counters the MMA's claim that he isn't in need of an exemption to extend his travel visa. It's unknown as to how long the legal battle will last. Meanwhile, he's 2-for-2 at the WMPO, but hasn't cracked a top 45. A T51 at the Sony Open in Hawaii was his first payday outside the top 25 since THE PLAYERS last May.
Jan 25 - 8:53 PM

Sang-Moon Bae rebounded from a rocky start to his final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to sign for a 3-under-par 37-33=70 and finished the week alone in sixth place at 18-under 274.

Bae alternated three bogeys and two birdies on the outward nine on The Plantation Course at Kapalua, but heated up with four birdies and five pars on the back. His fireworks came on the par 3s, holing a 16-foot birdie on the eighth hole and a 10'9" effort on the 11th. He led the tournament with 65 GIR, including 16 in the finale. Needless to say, the putter let him down at times.
Jan 12 - 8:19 PM

Sang-moon Bae conjured up a 4-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and is two strokes back with 18 to play at 15-under 204.

Bae had a relatively clean lap around The Plantation Course at Kapalua, with only one bogey interrupting his five birdies and 12 pars. While he didn't drop any bombs, three of his birdies fell from between eight and 12 feet. His iron play has been the key to his success this week, leading the tournament with 49 GIR. Should he figure out a way to chase down the lead, it would be his second PGA TOUR win.
Jan 11 - 9:16 PM

Sang-moon Bae carried on with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-36=69 in his second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to earn a share of the 36-hole lead at 11-under 135.

However he's able to compartmentalize his affairs in South Korea is downright impressive. Bae went 4-for-16 in birdie looks today, including respective rolls from 10'2" and 18'8" at the par-4 fourth and 10th holes, respectively. He's one of four golfers atop the leaderboard at the midpoint and co-leads the field with 33 GIR. He also ranks second in strokes gained: putting at an aggregate 4.091.
Jan 10 - 7:34 PM

Sang-moon Bae enjoyed a 7-under-par 30-36=66 in his opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead. UPDATE: He finished the day one stroke adrift of overnight leader Russell Henley.

In his first meaningful round since his travel visa expired on Dec. 31, Bae was nonplussed. He buried eight birdies at Kaplua, six of which by the eighth holes. Four of those ran at least 14 feet, with a pair maxing out at 18'9" (at the sixth and eighth holes). His only blemish occurred at the par-3 11th hole, site of the only green he didn't hit in regulation. The South Korean penciled in a 4 as he strode to the next tee. As for his latest thoughts on the ongoing legal battle with the Military Manpower Administration, he said, "So many things in my head. I can’t focus on my game, but I’m a professional and I’m trying to focus my game, and the legal action is up to the lawyers."
Jan 9 - 6:58 PM