• Sangmoon BAE

    KOR

    • Date of birth Jun 21, 1986
    • Turned Pro 2004
    • Residence Daegu, Korea
    • Family Single

Biography

Bae started playing golf at the age of 11 as his parents were keen golfers. However, he was more interested in baseball when he was a schoolboy and dreamt of becoming a professional baseball player. However, his parents coaxed him to take golf up as a career, saying that baseball did not offer him a future.

Career Highlights

  1. Bae made a breakthrough in his golf career when he clinched his maiden win on the PGA Tour at the HP Byron Nelson Championship held in May 2013
  2. He had earned his US PGA Tour card in 2012 and enjoyed a stellar rookie season
  3. He was the surprise package at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, defeating Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel and John Senden of Australia before losing to Rory McIlroy in the quarterfinals
  4. He finished second at the Transitions Championship after losing in a play-off and his return to Asia was sweetened with a runner-up result at the CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi in Korea
  5. He won his third Asian Tour title at the 2009 GS Caltex Maekyung Open on home soil
  6. He defeated compatriot Ted Oh at the second play-off hole to complete his hat-trick of major wins in Korea
  7. Also finished top-10 at the Indonesia President Invitational and Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters
  8. In 2008, he won the Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open after prevailing head-to-head against Ryder Cup stars Anthony Kim and Ian Poulter
  9. It culminated a great season as he also qualified for his maiden appearance at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup with Kim Hyung-tae after they won the Fortis International Challenge in Malaysia
  10. Bae also qualified for the US PGA Tour Qualifying School Final Stage after starting from the first stage but missed out on his card after finishing in 87th position
  11. He also enjoyed three other-top-10s to finish a career high seventh on the Order of Merit
  12. In 2007, he enjoyed his maiden win at the SK Telecom Open on home soil with his mother Si Ok-hee on the bag
  13. He shot a final day 67 and won by six shots over Australian star Aaron Baddeley and Kim Hyung-tae
  14. In 2010, Bae’s best result was in tied 13th place in the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan
  15. Also won the SK Telecom Open on home soil
  16. He is rated as one of the longest hitters on the Asian Tour.

Asian Tour Victories

  1. Asian Tour victories: (3)
  2. 2007 SK Telecom Open, Korea
  3. 2008 Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open
  4. 2009 GS Caltex Maekyung Open, Korea

Other wins

  1. Other wins: (6)
  2. 2006 Emerson Pacific Group Open, Korea
  3. 2008 KEB Invitational, Korea
  4. 2008 Fortis International Challenge
  5. 2009 Kolon Korea Open
  6. 2010 SK Telecom Open, Korea
  7. 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship
 

Tournament Results

Tournament Pos R1 R2 R3 R4 Score TO PAR Earnings
Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship T37 71 71 73 72 287 3 US$ 6,222

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