Bae over the moon with Presidents Cup pick

Wed 09 Sep 2015

Bae over the moon with Presidents Cup pick

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Sentosa, Singapore, September 9: Asian Tour graduate Sangmoon Bae of Korea was named by Captain Nick Price as one of his two picks for the International Team along with Australian Steven Bowditch.
The powerful Bae, who won three times on the Asian Tour before enjoying success on the PGA Tour where he is a two-time winner, will join fellow Asians Anirban Lahiri of India, Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama in the 12-man team to face the United States at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Songdo, Korea from October 8-11.
“I chose Sangmoon because he has played pretty well the last couple of weeks but also because he's won on the golf course, the Jack Nicklaus course the last couple of years on the Korean Tour and he loves the golf course,” explained Price.
“And also I think it is very important for us to have someone on the team that the Korean fans and media could pull for. But it was a difficult decision, and I think he's also going to be a credit to our team.”
[pullquote align="right"]"I'm really honored to play and I think we have a lot of chance to win this tournament." - Sangmoon Bae[/pullquote]The 29-year-old Bae, who is placed 92nd in the world and 20th on the final team ranking, said: “I'm really happy that I can play in The Presidents Cup. I would like to say thanks to Mr. Price for selecting me to represent the International Team. I'm really honored to play and I think we have a lot of chance to win this tournament.”
Bae finished tied sixth at The Barclays on the PGA Tour two weeks ago for his joint best outing of the season. The Korean rising star will also enter his mandatory military service at home after the season concludes.
“I think this shouldn't be a problem and I want to try focus on my game and on The Presidents Cup. That is my home country and I’m really excited to play and I will do my best.  It will be a really great team.  I'm really happy to play,” said Bae.
“I will go to military service after The Presidents Cup, actually after this season.”
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han, who also serves on the official committee of the Presidents Cup, said: “I would like to extend our congratulations to Sangmoon Bae for being picked for the International Team by Captain Nick Price. He has been an exceptional talent since breaking onto the professional scene, winning his first Asian Tour title at the young age of 21 in 2007 and subsequently winning again for the next two seasons on Tour before going on to land several victories in Japan and eventually on the PGA Tour.
“With Anirban Lahiri, Thongchai Jaidee and Hideki Matsuyama also qualifying on merit, the International Team will be well represented by the finest Asian golfers and this is a wonderful testament to the state of the game in Asia. I’m looking forward to watching the Presidents Cup next month and seeing our guys contribute towards the International Team’s cause.”
U.S. Captain Jay Haas opted for veteran Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas, who finished 11th on the team rankings, as his two picks.
The U.S. Team has won eight of the 10 previous Presidents Cups, and the only win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. The Presidents Cup 2003 ended in a tie.
The International Team: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Marc Leishman, Anirban Lahiri, Charl Schwartzel, Thongchai Jaidee, Danny Lee, Steven Bowditch, Sangmoon Bae
The U.S. Team: Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Chris Kirk, Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson.