You might recall that two-time PGA Tour winner Sangmoon Bae had to take a little hiatus a while back.
Fact of life in South Korea — men born there must serve two years in the military. That’s what you get when your neighbor to the north is a crazed, war-like country that could spill over your borders without notice.
Bae did the best he could to wiggle out of that requirement. After all, he had won the 2013 Byron Nelson and the 2014 Frys.com. Last time we saw him he played on the 2015 Presidents Cup team then it was off to the South Korean Army. He did his time and was released in August of 2017.
Didn’t take too long for him to get his game back. He was the winner this past Sunday in Boise, in the Web.com finals. He shot 19-under par and with that win, has regained his PGA Tour card for the coming season. Bae shot a final round 66, finished 19-under par. He won by a shot over Anders Albertson, Roger Sloan and Adam Schenk. Albertson already won his tour card, finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com money list. Sloan and Schenk still have work to do in the finals but are in pretty good shape. Sloan, a Canadian, moved up a whopping 65 places to 10th while Schenk is now sixth, moving up 11 spots.
Roberto Diaz finished alone at 17-under and moved from a tie for 28th to 15th heading into this week’s Web.com Tour Championship.