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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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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

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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

Sang-moon Bae will open 2015 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions while his legal team fights a lawsuit in his native South Korea.

Management teams are often defending their clients in court. Sometimes those cases are trivial and we never learn about them. Other times, they make headlines. As we relayed to you earlier in the week, Bae's is unique in that his request for an extension on his travel visa (that expired on Dec. 31) was denied. Now inside the 30-day window that allows him to remain abroad before he'd be required to return to South Korea and begin his military obligation, he'll take advantage of a tee time at Kapalua earned with his victory at the Open. On Friday night, his agent released the following statement: "Sang-Moon Bae is seeking legal counsel to work through the military issues in Korea. He has a valid Green Card, and Sang-Moon intends to stay in the United States as long as it is lawful to do so and play on the PGA TOUR this year. ... As this is an ongoing legal matter, he will make no additional statements until the issue is resolved."
Jan 3 - 1:50 PM

Sang-moon Bae's request for an extension on his travel visa has been denied by his native South Korea, which means that he may be required to begin fulfilling his military obligation within 30 days of the visa's expiration of Dec. 31.

There are multiple layers to the report by the Yonhap News Agency, which is linked below via, but the gist is that the Military Manpower Administration in South Korea claimed that Bae spent too much time in his homeland in 2014 and exempted out of the need for an extension. The golfer has hired the law firm Jipyong to represent him in a lawsuit fighting the decision. "Bae has spent some time in South Korea recently but his occupation as a touring professional golfer must be taken into account," an official at Jipyong said. "He should still be considered an overseas resident who has spent a year or more in the United States after getting his residency. It's up to Bae to take legal action as his last resort." Obviously, Bae's owners will want to monitor this closely since a stint in the military could mean as many as two years away from competition.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 12:11:00 AM

Sang-moon Bae turned in a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in his final round of the CIMB Classic to post 12-under 276, good for a share of fifth place.

Bae is off and running early this season what with today's success piggybacking the victory at the Open. He hid one bogey with four birdies in his final lap of Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. He'll now head to his homeland to defend The 30th Shinhan Donghae Open on the Korean Golf Tour.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 01:59:00 AM

Sang-moon Bae submitted a 4-under-par 33-35=68 for his third round of the CIMB Classic to post 9-under 207 and earn a slice of the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

He and fellow clubhouse co-leader Gary Woodlandl won't sleep with their names at the top of the leaderboard, but Bae is just happy that this round didn't get away from him. He opened birdie-birdie-birdie, but sat just 1-under through 13 after erasing one more birdie (at the par-4 ninth) with a trio of bogeys. However, he picked off yet another three birdies coming in to regain the momentum. The 28-year-old will be gunning for his second victory in four weeks on Sunday.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 04:34:00 AM

Sang-moon Bae is 5-under-par 71-68=139 at the midpoint of the CIMB Classic, five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The Open champ missed the cut the following week in Vegas, and then took last week off. While he found a red number in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, today's effort was more wave than ripple. He birdied four of his first five holes and had five birdies by the turn (5-under 31) before settling for a birdie-free, 1-over 37 on the way in. It's worth nothing that while Bae has missed seven of his last 13 cuts, he posted top 25s in the other six starts. Obviously, with no cut this week, there's only one trend that he can extend.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 01:27:00 AM

Sang-moon Bae survived a wild final round to post a 1-over-par 35-38=73 and claim the Open by two strokes over Steven Bowditch.

Bae concludes his week at 15-under 273 and departs Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course with his second PGA TOUR title. His front nine was steady, as he picked off two birdies -- both on par 5s -- to go with just one bogey. The wheels started to wobble on the back, however. He responded to a bogey at the par-3 11th with a 14'5" birdie at the par-4 12th, but had no answer to back-to-back bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes. The 28-year-old stopped the bleeding just in time, as he secured pars on each of his last four holes. Bae finishes the week first in strokes gained: tee-to-green while ranking 44th in strokes gained-putting. In addition to departing Napa, California, with a trophy, he also earned spots into the 2015 Masters, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 08:28:00 PM

Sang-moon Bae's 7-under-par 32-33=65 was the lowest score in the third round of the Open and it earned him a four-stroke lead at 16-under 198.

Bae began his round at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course by securing five consecutive birdies beginning with the par-3 second hole before stumbling with a bogey at the par-3 seventh. After a bogey at the par-3 14th, it appeared he was leaking oil. He answered with a 12'5" birdie on the par-3 15th, a 5'9" eagle on the par-4 17th and a 14'6" birdie to end it on the par-5 18th. In all, four of his birdies fell from longer than 11 feet. He leads the tournament in strokes gained: tee-to-green at 11.937. This marks the first time that Bae has held the 54-hole lead in an event. His only previous win on the PGA TOUR came at the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship, and he will call on that experience in Sunday's final round.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 08:05:00 PM