Sangmoon Bae starts military service, eyes 2017 return to golf

So long for now, Sangmoon. (USATSI)
So long for now, Sangmoon. (USATSI)

Sangmoon Bae started his nearly two years of military service requirement this week in South Korea. "I'll be back on tour in 2017," he said to a journalist

Bae had previously had a special permit to not enter, as all South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 35 are required to do. That permit ran out, however, and Bae was required at home for service. 

The PGA Tour will welcome Bae back when he is able to return.

The new Tour provision will give commissioner Tim Finchem the discretion to grant an eligibility extension for a “mandatory obligation,” like military service or religious obligation, but would be limited to just a single year exemption regardless of a player’s current status.

Bae is currently exempt through 2017 so it appears his extension will go through 2018 which is great for him.

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