Sang-Moon Bae is in the field at the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open this week, but he’ll be on sabbatical from golf soon after losing his appeal to delay his mandatory military service in his native South Korea.
Bae, 29, told South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency Wednesday that he will soon join the armed forces after a court ruled against him earlier in the day.
“I’d like to apologize to my fans for causing them concerns,” said Bae, who won the season-opening Frys.com Open last October and therefore is exempt on the PGA Tour through the 2016-17 season. “I decided that I can mature further as a golfer by returning home as soon as I can and complete my mandatory military service.”
Bae, who has earned more than $2 million on Tour this season, will reportedly earn $130 a month as an army private.