Bae makes charge ahead of military service date
By Larry Fine
EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Bae Sang-moon will soon be making about $130 per month in the South Korean military, but he is making the most of his remaining time on the PGA Tour with a rousing performance at The Barclays on Saturday.
Bae fired a seven-under-par 63 to share the third-round lead with PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia in the opening event of the four-tournament FedExCup playoffs, which pay the overall winner a $10 million prize.
"It's mandatory in South Korea," Bae, 29, told reporters about his upcoming two-year military service. "I have a little mixed emotion.
"Actually, I have a really tough situation right now," added the South Korean, who won his second PGA title in the 2014-15 season opening Frys.com Open.
"I have to go back. So that is a few weeks later. So I just want to play good golf this week and really want to play Presidents Cup in my country."
The Presidents Cup match play competition will be held in Asia for the first time with the International team hosting the United States in Incheon, South Korea, starting on Oct. 8.
Bae, 25th on the International standings, needs a strong finish on Sunday and next week to jump into the top 10 and qualify for the team. Otherwise, he will have to be named as one of Captain Nick Price's wildcard picks to compete.
"I hope to play well tomorrow and Mr. Nick Price can pick me up," said Bae. Continued...