Golfer Bae Sang Moon to Play in President’s Cup in Incheon South Korea
D-Bo , Sept. 10, 2015, 7:52 a.m.
Bae Sang-moon will be the only Korean golfer in the international lineup for the Presidents Cup next month in Incheon. U.S. team captain Jay Haas and international team captain Nick Price of Zimbabwe in a press conference on Wednesday announced two players added to the lineup at their recommendations.
A total of 24 notable golfers will compete in the 11th Presidents Cup, which will take place at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Songdo, Incheon from Oct. 8 to 12. A 10-man roster for the U.S. team was released the day before, based on the last two years' FedEx Cup points. The international team had chosen 10 players based on the world rankings.
Price added Bae and Australian Steven Bowditch as captain's picks. Bae was 19th highest-ranked golfer eligible for the international team, but his two titles --- the 2013 and 2014 Shinhan Donghae Open -- at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, the venue for this year's Presidents Cup, were taken into account.
Bae's aggressive style of play suits a match play setting, where birdies and eagles matter a great deal, and his good showing at big events also played a part in Price's decision. Bae will become the fourth Korean to play in the Presidents Cup following Choi Kyung-ju in 2003, 2007, and 2011, Yang Yong-eun in 2009 and 2011, and Kim Kyung-tae in 2011.
The problem is that Bae is currently under stay of indictment for dodging the draft. Bae tried to postpone his mandatory military service and filed an administrative suit against the Military Manpower Administration in July, when the agency refused to extend his permit to stay overseas. However, the court ruled in favor of the MMA and ordered Bae to sign up.
Bae promised to return to Korea and begin his military service as soon as this year's PGA Tour season comes to an end. If he can maintain his current FedEx Cup ranking of 23rd, he will be eligible to compete in the BMW Championship from Sept. 17 to 20, where the top 70 golfers are invited to play, and the season finale, the Tour Championship open to the top 30 rankers, from Sept. 24 to 27.
A police spokesman said Bae has to report to police within 30 days after his return to Korea for investigation. His participation in a competition within that period will cause no legal problem. Bae said, "I respect the decision by the court and I will follow the ruling. I am honored to be given this opportunity, and I will do my best to give a good account of myself in front of the Korean gallery."