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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 156
SANG Moon Bae knew this day was probably coming. But that doesn’t make it any easier for him to swallow. The South Korean is in the midst of the best PGA Tour season of his short career, having won the season-opening Frys. com Open and snared four top 10s while sitting well inside the top 50 in the FedEx Cup rankings. He’s pocketed more than $2 million in prizemoney alone this year and is quite clearly in his prime of his sporting life. But fame, fortune and timing mean nothing to South Korea’s military, which requires all men aged between 18-35 to complete a stint in either the army, navy or air force. At season’s end 29-year-old Bae will garage his clubs, fold up his Callaway- sponsored clothing and pull on military fatigues as he begins two years of compulsory service for his country. Bae last week lost a court appeal after his home government charged him in February with not applying for an extension to allow him to travel overseas. Bae argued that despite being a US resident since 2013, he didn’t qualify as a permanent overseas resident because he’d spent much of 2014 in South Korea. While he can continue playing for the time being, Bae said he would soon return home to begin his service, which will last between 21 months and two years. WORDS BY ADRIAN BALLANTYNE 1 NIGHT $149PP TWIN SHARE 2 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $280PP 3 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $349 PP ENJOY: Deluxe suite accomm Free wifi Free in-house movies Unlimited golf + cart for the duration of stay Daily buffet breakfast Day spa vouchers STAY& PLAY southern highlands (02) 4862 8600 gibraltarbowral.com.au
OTG Express 155 - The Open wrap
OTG Express 157