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Sangmoon Bae |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
College: South Korea

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In a follow-up to the news that Sangmoon Bae will be fulfilling his military obligation in South Korea, the PGA TOUR issued a statement on his eligibility give he won the Open in the fall and has fully exempt status through 2016-17.
The statement, in its entirety: "With Sangmoon Bae reporting for mandatory military service in his native South Korea, there have been inquires as to his PGA TOUR eligibility upon the completion of his military service. With a victory at the 2014 Open, Bae is currently exempt through the 2016-17 season. Amendments to the PGA TOUR Tournament Regulations that include ‘Mandatory Obligation’ in all references currently listed as ‘Major Medical/Family Crisis’ were preliminarily approved by the PGA TOUR Policy Board earlier this year and are on the schedule to be ratified at next week’s Policy Board Meeting. This provision in the Tournament Regulations would give the Commissioner discretion to grant an eligibility extension for a ‘Mandatory Obligation’ including but not limited to military service or religious obligation, allowing the player to return to competition with the same eligibility as if he were under a Major Medical/Family Crisis Extension." Jul 22 - 4:26 PM

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In a comprehensive update of Sangmoon Bae's lawsuit in South Korea, the Yonhap News Agency reported that the golfer has accepted a court's ruling that he must fulfill his military obligation.

In short, the court didn't find enough evidence to warrant exempting or even delaying Bae's conscription. "I'd like to apologize to my fans for causing them concerns," Bae said. "I decided that I can mature further as a golfer by returning home as soon as I can and complete my mandatory military service." He's going to play for as long as he can before returning to his homeland. "I felt this was a critical time for me as a young athlete to continue to compete on the U.S. golf tour," he added. "And I'd been doing the best I could to extend my stay, which was the legal and reasonable way. But the court's ruling today reminded me of the fact I should put my duty as a South Korean citizen ahead of my golfing career." Bae is 29th in the FedExCup standings but hasn't finished inside a top 25 in 14 consecutive starts. This decision also eliminate the possibility of him representing South Korea in the 2016 Olympics.
Jul 22 - 4:20 PM

Sangmoon Bae has opted out of the Barbasol Championship.

He was a nice get for tournament organizers, but it didn't make much sense for Bae, so today's update isn't surprising. He's currently 26th in the FedExCup standings despite no better than a T30 (PLAYERS) in his last 14 PGA TOUR starts.
Jul 13 - 10:38 AM

Sangmoon Bae checks into the Greenbrier Resort for his third playing of The Greenbrier Classic.

Bae is 13-for-21 on the season with four top 25s, which double as top 10s, good for 25th in the FedExCup standings. If the season were to end today, he'd make the TOUR Championship. Interesting, as he hasn't registered a top-25 finish in his last 14 starts, dating back to his T8 at the Northern Trust Open in February. On topic, Bae won the season-opening Open (October) and hit on his other top-10 finishes at the no-cut CIMB Classic (T5) in November and the no-cut Hyundai TOC (6th) in January. The 29-year-old is 2-for-2 on the Old White TPC with a T52-2012 and T16-2014.
Jul 1 - 8:22 AM

Sangmoon Bae descends on Dublin, Ohio, for the 40th playing of the Memorial Tournament.

Bae won the season-opening Open back in October for his second PGA TOUR title, having won the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2013. In addition to his win at Frys, Bae bagged two top-six finishes in his first four starts on the season. In total, he banked 705 of his 976 FedExCup points during this span. The 28-year-old has flamed out since, registering just one top 25 (T8, Northern Trust Open) over his next 15 starts, including missed cuts in his last two events. Bae did not play in last year's Memorial following a missed cut in 2013 on rounds of 77-78. He also withdrew after a first-round 79 in the 2012 edition.
Jun 2 - 8:40 PM

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

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