Bae Sang-moon

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Bae Sang-moon
Personal information
Born (1986-06-21) 21 June 1986 (age 34)
Daegu, South Korea
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) [1]
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 13 st) [1]
NationalityFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Residence Kyunggi-do, South Korea
College Daegu University
Turned professional2004
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
(past champion status)
Korn Ferry Tour
Former tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins16
Highest ranking 26 (20 November 2011) [2]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Japan Golf Tour3
Asian Tour3
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T33: 2015
PGA Championship T54: 2012
U.S. Open T42: 2011
The Open Championship T64: 2012
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
Korean Tour
Order of Merit winner

Bae Sang-moon (Korean : 배상문; born 21 June 1986), or Sang-moon Bae, is a South Korean professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.


Professional career

Bae turned professional in 2004. He won the 2006 Emerson Pacific Group Open on the Korean Tour, and in 2007 he won the SK Telecom Open, an Asian Tour and Korean Tour co-sanctioned event held in his home country. In 2008, he won his home country's open, the Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open. In 2009, he won the GS Caltex Maekyung Open.

In 2011, Bae finished as the leading money winner on the Japan Golf Tour for the season after winning three tournaments. Bae was the second consecutive Korean to take this accolade after Kim Kyung-tae's success in 2010. His three victories all came within two months of each other at the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta, the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic and the Japan Open. At the end of the year, he competed at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, where he finished T11 to secure his playing rights for the 2012 PGA Tour season. He also reached his career high world ranking of 26th in 2011.

Bae started the season very strongly, making all of his first eight cuts on the PGA Tour. He recorded his first top-10 finish of the year when he reached the quarter-finals at the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, knocking out Ian Poulter and Charl Schwartzel before losing to Rory McIlroy. In March 2012, Bae lost in a four-man playoff at the Transitions Championship on the PGA Tour. After finishing at −13 for the tournament, he lost the playoff when Luke Donald holed a birdie putt on the first extra hole to defeat Bae, Jim Furyk and Robert Garrigus. He finished his debut season making 17 out of 25 cuts and ended up 71st in the FedEx Cup standings, one position outside of qualifying for the third playoff event.

In May 2013, Bae won his first PGA Tour event at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, beating Keegan Bradley by two strokes. [3] Bae entered the final round a single stroke behind Bradley, but birdied four out of his first seven holes to move four ahead. However Bae double-bogeyed the ninth after finding water and bogeyed the 10th and 15th to drop back to a share of the lead. Bae then proceeded to birdie the 16th and when Bradley bogeyed the 17th, Bae had a comfortable two shot lead to come down the 18th and secure his maiden victory. [4] [5] He became just the fourth South Korean-born winner on the PGA Tour, after K. J. Choi, Yang Yong-eun, and Kevin Na.

Bae was embroiled in political controversy late 2014 after his work visa expired and he had yet to serve twenty-one months in the South Korean military as required of men age 18–35. By comparison, K. J. Choi and Yang Yong-eun completed their military requirements before turning professional. Bae countered that he had residency in the U.S. and was exempt. In July 2015, a South Korean court ruled Bae spent too much time in South Korea to be exempt and must fulfill his military requirement. [6] In response, the PGA Tour created a "Mandatory Obligation" category that would allow Bae to retain his exemption after completing his service, similar to the major medical exemption.

Bae earned an invitation to the 2015 Presidents Cup as a captain's pick by Nick Price. It was his last event before military service, which began in November 2015. His military service ended in August 2017.

Bae made his return to professional golf at the 2017 Shinhan Donghae Open, an event he won twice as a member of the Korean Tour. His PGA Tour return came at the Safeway Open. Bae finished 202nd in the FedEx Cup, but earned entry to the Tour Finals via his military exemption. He won the Albertsons Boise Open and regained his PGA Tour card for the 2018–19 season.

Professional wins (15)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
119 May 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship 66-66-66-69=267−132 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Keegan Bradley
212 Oct 2014 Open 66-69-65-73=273−152 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steven Bowditch

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

1 2012 Transitions Championship Flag of England.svg Luke Donald, Flag of the United States.svg Jim Furyk,
Flag of the United States.svg Robert Garrigus
Donald won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)

Japan Opens (1)
Japan majors (1)
Other Japan Golf Tour (2)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
128 Aug 2011 Vana H Cup KBC Augusta 65-64-70-67=266−222 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Ishikawa, Flag of Japan.svg Tomohiro Kondo
22 Oct 2011 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic 69-67-72-73=281−71 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Tadahiro Takayama
316 Oct 2011 Japan Open Golf Championship 69-74-68-71=282−2Playoff Flag of Japan.svg Kenichi Kuboya

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (1–1)

1 2011 Japan Open Golf Championship Flag of Japan.svg Kenichi Kuboya Won with par on first extra hole
22011 Mynavi ABC Championship Flag of Japan.svg Koichiro Kawano Lost to birdie on sixth extra hole

Asian Tour wins (3)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
127 May 2007 SK Telecom Open 164-69-71-67=271−176 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Aaron Baddeley, Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Hyung-tae
25 Oct 2008 Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open 167-70-67-69=273−111 stroke Flag of England.svg Ian Poulter
317 May 2009 GS Caltex Maekyung Open 171-70-70-70=281−7Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Ted Oh

1Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour

Asian Tour playoff record (1–0)

1 2009 GS Caltex Maekyung Open Flag of South Korea.svg Ted Oh Won with par on second extra hole Tour wins (1)

Legend Tour Finals events (1)
Other Tour (0)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
116 Sep 2018 Albertsons Boise Open 65-67-67-66=265−191 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Anders Albertson, Flag of the United States.svg Adam Schenk,
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Roger Sloan

OneAsia Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
113 Sep 2009 Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open 171-71-65-67=271−101 stroke Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Dae-sub
223 May 2010 SK Telecom Open 168-65-66-67=266−223 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Dae-hyun

1Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour

Korean Tour wins (9)

1 Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour
2 Co-sanctioned by the OneAsia Tour

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Masters Tournament T37CUTT33
The Open Championship CUTT64
PGA Championship T54CUT64
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place


TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00000032
U.S. Open 00000041
The Open Championship 00000021
PGA Championship 00000032

Results in The Players Championship

The Players Championship CUTT3368T30

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Championship 71T46
Match Play QF
Invitational 66T53T63
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

Team appearances

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