23 Jul 2015

Bae forced to return to Korea to complete military duty

11:36 am on 23 July 2015

The US-based South Korean golfer Sang-Moon Bae, who has won twice on the PGA Tour, has been ordered to return home to complete his military service after losing a legal battle to defer his conscription.

Two-time PGA Tour winner Sang-Moon Bae has been forced to return to South Korea to complete his military service in 2015.

South Korean golfer Sang-Moon Bae Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 29-year-old, who was granted US residency in 2013, was charged in February with violating South Korea's military service regulations after failing to secure an extension to his overseas travel permit.

Bae was allowed to stay in the United States while his lawsuit against that decision was pending but a court in his home city of Daegu has backed the Military Manpower Administration.

Bae says he humbly accepts the court's decision, saying he would join the army soon.

So far this season Bae has won more than $US2 million on the PGA Tour, and he'll earn about $130 a month as a private in the South Korean army.