Bae Sang-moon prepares for Presidents Cup ahead of military service
South Korean Bae Sang-moon arrived back home on Wednesday ahead of next week’s Presidents Cup, telling reporters he was keen to play a big role in the event before downing clubs and hefting rifles for mandatory military service.
The 29-year-old failed in a legal battle earlier this year to defer his conscription after he was charged with violating South Korea’s military service regulations.
Bae has twice won on the PGA Tour but was unable to secure an extension to his overseas travel permit after the Military Administration (MMA) deemed he had not spent enough time out of South Korea in 2014 to qualify as an overseas resident.
However, he was given permission to remain on US ground while his legal challenge to overturn the decision was pending resolution, but a court back in his native city of Daegu backed the MMA in July – and Bae immediately accepted the ruling and agreed to return and fulfil his obligations.
The fact South Korea are still technically at war with North Korea following the 1950-1953 Korean War, all South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 35 must complete two years of military service.
Bae was asked for his thoughts on Wednesday by reporters, and said he was sorry for causing controversy and was “glad to be back home.”
"I will do my best before joining the military," he added.
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