Bae ready to deliver for International Team

Tue 06 Oct 2015

Bae ready to deliver for International Team

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Incheon, Korea, October 6: International Team member Sangmoon Bae can’t wait for his name to be called out on the first tee at the Presidents Cup come Thursday morning.
“I'll be very happy and I'll be genuinely honoured. It will mean a lot to me,” said the Korean star, who was one of Captain Nick Price’s picks.
The 29-year-old will no doubt receive the loudest cheer with Korea hosting its first ever Presidents Cup which pits the Internationals against the United States. The Americans have been dominant in the biennial team competition, winning eight of the first 10 editions.
Bae, a former Asian Tour multiple winner and now a two-time PGA TOUR champion, is looking forward to the home support, especially when he has won twice at this week’s venue, the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, on the domestic Tour.
“It's really good to be back. I have a good energy level. Personally, since I'm very familiar with the course, I have very high confidence,” said Moon, who is the fourth Korean after K.J. Choi, K.T. Kim and Y.E. Yang to feature in the Presidents Cup.
“This really means a lot, because we represent the International Team. And it's the first time (I am) playing in the Presidents Cup. I've got to focus on my game and you know, just make a lot of birdies. I really want to help my team win.”
He is keen to partner Korean-born New Zealander Danny Lee, whom he has forged a strong friendship on the PGA TOUR.
“For fourball, I would like to play with Danny. Whoever I play with, whether I make the points on Thursday or Saturday, as long as I get to contribute to my team, I will very happy,” said Bae.
“I met Danny in 2007 and ever since then, we’ve played a lot together. We had lots of dialogue and we share a lot of things in common. We live nearby and also play together a lot often because of that factor.”
All 12 members of the International Team met with captain Nick Price and other backroom staff members for the first time on Monday night and Bae said the team room was buzzing.
“We talked a lot. It was a very light-hearted meeting. A lot of people had a lot of dialogue and interaction. We joked around a bit. But mostly we talked about how we could have a good playing partner, and the leadership also put a lot of thought into making the best pairings. I expect all our team members to play a good game,” he said.
“More than anything, I think we were able to build rapport as friends and as a team; that we often talked about how we could pair up. I think we can build each other's confidence and determination.”
He hopes a strong showing at the Presidents Cup will spur young Korean golfers to shoot for the stars, like how he was inspired by Choi and Yang, the only Asian to date to win a Major championship.
Moon was also delighted the International Team includes players from four different Asian nations, namely from India (Anirban Lahiri), Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee), Japan (Hideki Matsuyama) and Korea.
“I guess this is a good sign that a lot of Asian players are getting highlighted, and it's great to see players from Korea, Thailand, Japan and India are playing here. For me as a Korean, I also have this vision that a lot more Korean players will be debuting and will be showcased in some of the tournaments. I wish that not only the Korean female players, but also Korean male players will get a lot of spotlight. I hope this becomes a good transition, a turning point for all of us.”
About The Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. 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 Presidents Cup 2015 will be held Oct. 6-11 when the biennial competition makes its first trip to Asia.  Nick Price and Jay Haas will serve as captains of the International and U.S. Teams, respectively.  Korea’s K.J. Choi was named the first vice-captain in Presidents Cup history and will help Price lead the International Team in front of what is sure to be a supportive “home” crowd.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea will be the fourth international venue to host The Presidents Cup, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1998, 2011); The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa (2003); and The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2007).  The event is projected to be broadcast in 225 countries and territories, reaching more than 1 billion homes in 30 different languages around the world.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money; instead, each player, captain and captain’s assistant allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the inception of The Presidents Cup in 1994, more than $32 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, including more than $5 million from The Presidents Cup 2013. Over the past 20 years, The Presidents Cup has impacted more than 450 charities in 15 countries worldwide and 35 states in the U.S.
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About Incheon Metropolitan City
Uniting the community Bringing Incheon to the world, Incheon is rapidly becoming one of the most prominent cities in Northeast Asia, as well as one of the best cities in which to live. Incheon has been trading with foreign countries since the Three Kingdoms Period, and was the first city in Korea to accept Western culture in 1883.
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About Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea
At 7,380 yards (6,748 meters) for the tournament, the par 72 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is the first and only golf club in Korea to carry the name of the Golden Bear himself.  Its dramatic park land, links and rock formation styles are in perfect harmony with the panoramic views of Incheon Bay and the skyline of the Songdo International Business District. Crafted by the hand of master himself, the Jack Nicklaus design features unique fairway routings, a variety of tee locations, and greens protected by strategically located bunkers and hazards that provide special challenge to golfers of all levels.  In 2010 and 2011 the course hosted the PGA Champions Tour Songdo Championship event.  The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is proud to have been selected as the host venue for The Presidents Cup in 2015, the first time the event will be contested in Asia.  For more information visit: www.jacknicklausgolfclubkorea.com.