Sang-Moon Bae to resist military service

2015 01 Sang Moon Bae
• Korean golfer to fight return to homeland
• Two-year service mandatory for all South Korean males
• Outlines plans to stay in US through statement


Sang-Moon Bae, currently sitting in second place on the FedExCup standings, is facing a fight to avoid returning to his native South Korea to complete his military service.

The two-time PGA Tour winner released a statement via his lawyer in which the 28-year-old’s manager outlined his intention to try to avoid returning to his homeland, where a two-year military undertaking is a compulsory requirement that all males must fulfil between the ages of 18 and 35.

"Sang-Moon Bae is seeking legal counsel to work through the military issues in Korea,” said the statement. “He has a valid Green Card, and Sang-Moon intends to stay in the United States as long as it is lawful to do so and play on the PGA Tour this year, beginning with next week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua.
Sang-Moon Bae is a likely candidate to represent his country when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016.

“As this is an ongoing legal matter, he will make no additional statements until the issue is resolved."

Bae, who won the Open in October, is currently ranked 84th in the world.

The Korean government has been known to waive the military service requirement for athletes winning gold at the Asian Games or any Olympic medal. As the highest ranked golfer in Korea, Bae is a likely candidate to represent his country when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro.

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