Bae Earns Back Card With Finals Win

Just over a year ago, Sangmoon Bae was in an army barracks finishing up a mandatory two-year stint in the South Korean army as a rifleman. On Sunday in Boise, Idaho, Bae won the third event of the Tour Finals — The Albertsons Boise Open — to earn back his playing privileges on the PGA Tour.

Needing a birdie on the 72nd hole, Bae showed the type of poise that earned him more than $6 million on Tour before he took his two-year hiatus.


“I talked to my caddie Matt and we needed a birdie on the last,” Bae said, according to “I had a perfect number for my second with 110 yards to the hole and I perfectly hit a 56-degree wedge. (I feel) just so successful this week, and after the military service it means a lot. I feel like I’m back.

“I thought it would not take that long (to get my game back), but I have struggled for almost a year. My game is not that much different, but maybe a little mentally. (This year), it’s a little different in my mind because I feel like I’m back to being a rookie, more humbled and more patient.”

Bae edged Anders Albertson, Roger Sloan and Adam Schenk to win by one. 

The Tour Championship is next week at Atlantic Beach Country Club.