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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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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. Oct 6 - 10:26 AM

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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.
Sep 21 - 11:37 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.
Sep 8 - 5:23 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.
Aug 30 - 7:57 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.
Aug 29 - 5:10 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.
Aug 28 - 5:41 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.
Aug 11 - 5:43 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."
Jul 22 - 4:26 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.
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