Golfer Bae Sang Moon Defies Mandatory Military Enlistment
D-Bo , Jan. 28, 2015, 9:11 a.m.
Golfer Bae Sang-moon is listed for the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona starting Thursday despite having been ordered to return to Korea and start his mandatory military service this month.
Bae, who holds a U.S. green card, insists on competing on the PGA Tour while litigation to postpone his conscription is underway. However, the Military Manpower Administration says if he does not return to Korea by the end of this week, he will be charged with draft dodging.
Bae early last month requested a renewal of his overseas resident status, but it was rejected on Dec. 29 because he had spent 133 days in Korea taking part in competitions and postgraduate courses.
But the focus of this year's Waste Management Phoenix Open is the return of Tiger Woods, who struggled with a back injury last year. Woods hired a swing consultant and worked hard to rebuild his form. Other Korean and ethnic Korean golfers taking part are Choi Kyung-ju, Danny Lee, John Huh, Kevin Na, Noh Seung-yul, and Park Sung-joon.