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Sangmoon Bae

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180

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Following a two-year military commitment back home, past champ and World No. 1936 Sangmoon Bae makes his long-awaited return to the PGA TOUR at this week's Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa, California.
The 31-year-old was last seen on TOUR going 2-1-1 in his Presidents Cup debut in 2015, 104 weeks ago. That was preceded by a T18 at the TOUR Championship two weeks prior which capped a career-best 26th in the final FedExCup standings. The South Korean recorded five top 10s in 30 starts, highlighted by his second TOUR win at the 2015, the former title of this event. He won the 2015 edition (by two) in his tourney debut and the first playing at Silverado. Bae plays this season out of the Major Medical category ("mandatory obligation") and is fully exempt. He has 27 starts to earn 365.252 FEC points to retain status. Bae played a warm-up event three weeks ago on the Asian Tour and missed the cut by five (74-75). Oct 4 - 10:01 AM

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Playing his first competitive round since the 2015 Presidents Cup, Sangmoon Bae settled for a 3-over-par 39-35=74 in the opening round of the Shinhan Donghae Open.

Bae has been serving his mandatory military service in South Korea since November of 2015, which ending just one month ago. He's been hitting the links hard since his discharge, but nothing can prepare you for that return to competitive action. Bae traded a pair of birdies with five bogeys today to find himself in a share of 95th place. Early reports are that the 31-year-old has picked up some yardage on his drives thanks to the strength and conditioning program he went through while serving. With the OWGR using a two-year rolling period for rankings, Bae will be starting his journey all over again as he currently has just two results in the "counting period" and those will go away over the next few weeks. On the bright side, he will have full status on the PGA TOUR for the 2017-18 season, giving him plenty of chances to improve his ranking. Gamers should let Bae ease back into things and make him show some form before re-investing in any short-term format.
Sep 14 - 10:22 AM

Sangmoon Bae is likely 10 months away from a return to competitive golf as he continues his military service in South Korea.

Bae began his 21-month conscription last November so he'll have a few months of prep time before returning to action for the 2017-18 season. The two-time PGA TOUR winner has made the FedExCup Playoffs in all four season on TOUR, including his personal best of finishing 26th in the FEC standings during the 2014-15 campaign. Gamers in long-term dynasty leagues should start to ponder when the best time to pounce is, but that is all variable based on the logistics of each individual league. When Bae returns to action, he will be eligible for a "mandatory obligation" exemption under the Major Medical and family crisis exemption so he can return to TOUR with status extending from his 2015 Open victory.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 10:15:00 AM

Sangmoon Bae began his military service on Tuesday in South Korea.

All things considered as it concerns his career as a touring professional, this process went as well as it could have. It was unclear as to how long Bae would have to wait to begin his 21-month conscription, but the timing will give him the opportunity to return to the PGA TOUR in time for the opening of the 2017-18 season. Because he's fully exempt only through 2016-17, he'll be equipped with a Major Medical Extension (due to the military obligation) when he does. The two-time winner on TOUR is currently 29 years of age.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Sangmoon Bae and Hideki Matsuyama pounded Chris Kirk and Jimmy Walker 6 and 5 in Saturday four-ball at the Presidents Cup.

This was the most lopsided match of the competition thus far. After Matsuyama converted birdie from inside six feet at the par-4 first hole, the rout was on. The International duo protected the 1-up lead until rattling off five consecutive wins beginning at the par-5 seventh hole where Bae connected for birdie from 14'6". It was Bae again with a birdie-2 from 19'5" at 8, and then again from 16'1" for eagle at the par-5 ninth. Matsuyama took the wheel with birdie-wins from 13'10" and 10'4" at the par-4 10th and 11th holes, respectively. With matching pars at the par-4 12th, Bae and Matsuyama had the Americans dormie, but 3s from both sides at the par-3 13th closed it out. It was the third of the four matches of the session to start, but the first to finish. It also drew the Internationals even at 7½.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 04:23:00 AM

Sangmoon Bae rolled in a birdie from 11'10" at the par-5 18th hole to clinch a win in four-ball on Friday at the Presidents Cup.

This is the kind of moment for which this competition was created. Bae is the only golfer in the field playing under the host flag of South Korea and he's literally days away from beginning his military obligation, so it only made sense that he stood over the opportunity to succeed. Jimmy Walker had just whiffed on his own birdie try from a little longer, but it was Bae and native South Korean Danny Lee (who associates officially with New Zealand) who logged the 1-up victory over Walker and Rickie Fowler. When the putt dropped, it gave the International tandem its only lead of the match during which the U.S. held a 2-hole margin as late as the eighth hole. It also sliced the Americans' overall lead to 4-3 with three matches to conclude today.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 02:35:00 AM

South Korea's Sangmoon Bae will represent the host country at the 11th edition of The Presidents Cup played this year at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.

Okay, it's not really a swan song in the true sense of the word, but Bae has known since a South Korean court ruling back in July that he has to fulfill his mandatory two-year military service to the homeland. A U.S. resident since 2013, Bae had sought exemption from his national obligation, exemptions typically granted to Olympic medal winners, but eventually lost. Notable in that it will be interesting to see Bae's reception from the galleries who may not look on the 29-year-old as favorably as one would've expected. Despite finishing 19th in automatic qualifying, Bae made the roster via a captain's pick, along with fellow first-timer Steven Bowditch. In his fourth season on the PGA TOUR, he made 30 starts with five top 10s and one win ( Open), his second career title. He has won two professional events at Nicklaus GC Korea.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 10:26:00 AM

South Korea's Sangmoon Bae makes his TOUR Championship debut slotted 28th in the FedExCup standings.

Bae went T53 at last week's BMW posting rounds of 74-70-67-72. His 1-under 283 aggregate a distant 21 shots adrift of champion Jason Day. Both will be repping the International squad at next month's Presidents Cup in South Korea, Bae by way of a captain's pick. Since opening his fourth postseason with solo sixth at The Barclays, the 29-year-old has progressively gotten worse with T39 at the Deutsche Bank (69-70-69-75) and last week's T53. Bae has not shot par-or-better in the final round of a tournament since 1-under 69 July 4th weekend at The Greenbrier Classic. His solo sixth at The Barclays was his first top 10 since T8 at the Northern Trust in February, a drought of 19 events.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 11:37:00 PM

Sangmoon Bae was chosen by captain Nick Price for the International squad at the Presidents Cup on Oct. 8-11.

What a year for the 29-year-old. He landed a distant 19th in points when automatic qualifying concluded on Monday, but it was strong enough to warrant a spot on the team of 12 for the competition in his native South Korea. After making his debut, and will then likely leave his profession for his military obligation. First, Bae will peg it at next week's BMW Championship. He's 23rd in the FedExCup standings on the shoulders of a T6 at The Barclays where he opened the Playoffs slotted 34th.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 05:23:00 PM

Overnight co-leader Sangmoon Bae back-pedaled to a 2-over-par 37-35=72 in the final round of The Barclays to wrap his fourth appearance at 9-under 271; good for a three-way tie for sixth place.

Prior to this year, Bae had not made the weekend in three visits to The Barclays and had only broken par once in six career rounds. So despite the disappointing finish, he has that to hang his hat on. It's his fifth top 10 of the season on 27 starts, first since a T8 at the Northern Trust in February, bumping him 11 spots in the FEC rankings to 23rd. After opening in 69-67 and a career-tying low of 63, Bae slumped to five bogeys against three birdies in the finale. Playing in the final pairing with would-be-champ Jason Day, the South Korean posted negative numbers in both strokes gained statistics for the first time on the week in either category. On 12 greens in regulation, he also posted a rocky 2.00 putts per GIR, but with his three circles on Sunday, ended the week first in total birdies with 24. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old also swallowed 11 bogeys and two doubles. Bae is now 1-for-2 in converting 54-hole leads/co-leads, winning the only other time at the 2014-15 Open.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 07:57:00 PM

Sangmoon Bae authored a 7-under-par 30-33=63 in today's third round of The Barclays in Edison, New Jersey, to post 11-under 199, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Jason Day. UPDATE: With Saturday's play completed, Bae shares a one-stroke lead with Day heading into Sunday's finale.

Bae began his loop in a seven-way logjam at 4-under (T8) and three adrift. Facing a two-year military commitment back in his native South Korea, he circled nine on the card to camouflage two bogeys and shares the top spot in the clubhouse with playing partner Day. Bae penciled four in a bogey-free outward half, including a 19-footer at the par-4 seventh and a 26-footer at the par-4 fifth, respectively. After the break, he overshadowed two bogeys at Nos. 10 and 17 with five birdies, including three consecutive on 14-16. The 29-year-old capped his round with a walk-off 3 from 16'3" at the last. His 63 is a season low on 85 rounds and matches a career mark shot in the first round of the 2014 Sony Open. His three-day total of 21 birdies ranks first in the tournament at last check.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Sangmoon Bae arrived at the midpoint of The Barclays in 4-under-par 69-67=136.

Despite a quiet six months and the emotional turmoil over the decision that will ultimately send him home to fulfill his military obligation in South Korea, Bae began the Playoffs slotted 34th in points. So, he figures to be around for three starts, if not all four, especially after where he sits tonight. At the time he signed his card, Bae co-led the field with 12 birdies, seven of which falling today. The set includes a nine-yarder from the rough at the par-4 second and conventional conversions from 21'9" and 15'2" at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Despite four bogeys and two doubles, he's only three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 05:41:00 PM

South Korea's Sangmoon Bae heads to Whistling Straits for this week's 97th PGA Championship and is paired the first two rounds with Sweden's David Lingmerth and Kevin Streelman of the United States.

This week marks Bae's third PGA posting a missed cut in 2013 at Oak Hill and a T54 in 2012 at Kiawah Island. The 29-year-old won the season-opening Open back in October for his second PGA TOUR title (2013 HP Byron Nelson) and added three additional top 10s, but none since a T8 at the Northern Trust Open back in February. In his 17 starts since, he's missed seven cuts with a T30 at THE PLAYERS his best during this span. Bae posted T63 at last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (par 70) on rounds of 71-75-73-72.
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 05:43:00 PM

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."
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 04:26:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 04:20:00 PM