Bae staying on Tour despite 'ongoing legal matter'

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Despite questions surrounding his mandated military service in South Korea, Sang-Moon Bae will compete in next week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Bae, 28, is a two-time PGA Tour winner whose victory at the Frys.com in October qualified him for next week's TOC at Kapalua.

At issue is South Korea's two-year, compulsory military requirement all males must fulfill between ages 18-35. Conscription remains in place as South Korea never signed an peace treaty with North Korea following their division in 1953.

Bae's manager released the following statement Friday night: "Sang-Moon Bae is seeking legal counsel to work through the military issues in Korea. He has a valid Green Card, and Sang-Moon intends to stay in the United States as long as it is lawful to do so and play on the PGA TOUR this year, beginning with next week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. As this is an ongoing legal matter, he will make no additional statements until the issue is resolved."

Bae currently sits second in the FedEx Cup rankings after the Tour's five-event, wrap-around campaign and 84th in the Official World Golf Ranking.