Sep 17th, 2018
Sangmoon Bae regains tour card on return national service
That's a hell of a comeback...
After losing his battle to secure a waiver, Sangmoon Bae's burgeoning golf career (he won the Frys.com and played in the Presidents Cup, making $2.6m on the way) was interrupted in 2015 when he was called back to South Korea for National Service.
Having completed his national service, he returned to the PGA Tour this season but was not tournament sharp, making only five cuts out of 17, finishing 202nd in the FedEx Cup standings and losing his PGA Tour card.
He could have been forgiven for thinking there was little justice in the golf world but he rolled his sleeves up and strove to get his card back via the Web.com Tour Finals.
And guess what, a birdie on the final hole at Hillcrest Country Club saw him win the Albertsons Boise Open and with it his PGA Tour card. Rounds of 65, 67, 67 and 66 got him over the line and bae is now the Web.com Tour Finals' money leader.
If he stays there after next week's season finale, the Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach Country Club in Florida, he will earn fully exempt status for 2019, and a place at the 2019 Players Championship.
Good work, Sangmoon Bae!