Pro Golfer Bae Sang Moon Indicted for Dodging Military Draft

kpride, Feb. 3, 2015, 10:42 a.m.

PGA Tour golfer Bae Sang-moon has been charged with draft dodging by the Military Manpower Administration. He had been ordered to return to Korea by last Saturday to start his mandatory military service, but ignored the order to play on the PGA Tour. 

Bae obtained a U.S. green card in 2013. Last month he applied for a renewal of his overseas resident status, but it was denied because he had spent too much time in Korea taking part in golf competitions and graduate courses.  He will likely continue to play at PGA Tour events for the time being while filing for judicial review.

Bae Sang Moon is a South Korean professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.  Bae turned professional in 2004. He won the 2006 Emerson Pacific Group Open on the Korean Tour, and in 2007 he won the SK Telecom Open, an Asian Tour and Korean Tour co-sanctioned event held in his home country. In 2008, he won his home country's open, the Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open. In 2009, he won the GS Caltex Maekyung Open.

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