Bae Sang-moon

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Bae Sang-moon
Personal information
Born (1986-06-21) 21 June 1986 (age 31)
Daegu, South Korea
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)[1]
Nationality  South Korea
Residence Kyunggi-do, South Korea
College Daegu University
Turned professional 2004
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins 15
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Japan Golf Tour 3
Asian Tour 3
Other 7
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T33: 2015
U.S. Open T42: 2011
The Open Championship T64: 2012
PGA Championship T54: 2012
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money 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, Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour. He is currently on hiatus from professional golf because of a military commitment required of South Korean males.

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.

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.[2] 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.[3][4] He became just the fourth South Korean-born winner on the PGA Tour, after K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, and Kevin Na.

Bae was embroiled in political controversy late 2014 after his work visa expired and he had yet to serve the compulsory twenty-one months in the South Korean military required of men age 18–35. By comparison, K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang 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 must fulfill his military requirement.[5] In response, the PGA Tour created a "Mandatory Obligation" category that would allow Bae to retain his exemption after completing his service.

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.

Professional wins (15)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 19 May 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship 66-66-66-69=267 −13 2 strokes United States Keegan Bradley
2 12 Oct 2014 Open 66-69-65-73=273 −15 2 strokes Australia Steven Bowditch

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2012 Transitions Championship England Luke Donald, United States Jim Furyk,
United States Robert Garrigus
Donald won with birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 27 May 2007 SK Telecom Open 64-69-71-67=271 −17 6 strokes Australia Aaron Baddeley, South Korea Kim Hyung-tae
2 5 Oct 2008 Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open 67-70-67-69=273 −11 1 stroke England Ian Poulter
3 17 May 2009 GS Caltex Maekyung Open 71-70-70-70=281 −7 Playoff South Korea Ted Oh

OneAsia Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 13 Sep 2009 Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open (2) 71-71-65-67=271 −10 1 stroke South Korea Kim Dae-sub
2 23 May 2010 SK Telecom Open (2) 68-65-66-67=266 −22 3 strokes South Korea Kim Dae-hyun

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 28 Aug 2011 Vana H Cup KBC Augusta 65-64-70-67=266 −22 2 strokes Japan Ryo Ishikawa, Japan Tomohiro Kondo
2 2 Oct 2011 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic 69-67-72-73=281 −7 1 stroke Japan Tadahiro Takayama
3 16 Oct 2011 Japan Open 69-74-68-71=282 −2 Playoff Japan Kenichi Kuboya

Other wins (5)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T37 DNP CUT T33
The Open Championship DNP DNP CUT T64 DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T54 CUT DNP 64

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 6
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (twice, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015
Cadillac Championship 71 DNP DNP T46
Cadillac Match Play Championship QF DNP DNP DNP
Bridgestone Invitational 66 T53 DNP T63
  • DNP = Did not play
  • QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
  • "T" = tied
  • Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sang-Moon Bae profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Casey, Phil (20 May 2013). "Bae Sang-moon holds off Bradley to claim Byron Nelson title". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sang-Moon Bae's 1st PGA win comes at Byron Nelson". CBC Sports. Associated Press. 20 May 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Hawkins, Stephen (20 May 2013). "Sang-Moon wins the HP Byron Nelson Championship". PGA of America. Associated Press. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Jung, Min-ho (22 July 2015). "No exception for PGA star". Korea Times. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 

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