EDISON, N.J. – Sangmoon Bae moved into the lead at The Barclays with a third-round 63 and within 18 holes of his third PGA Tour title. He also inched closer to an international situation that promises to get more complex.
Bae is scheduled to report for his mandatory 21 months of military service in South Korea after his season is over but it remains unclear whether he would be eligible to play the Presidents Cup, which is scheduled for the first week of October and will be played in South Korea.
“I'm not sure if [International Presidents Cup captain] Nick Price is going to pick me. I'm definitely going to go back after the FedEx Cup,” said Bae, who is tied with Jason Day at Plainfield Country Club at 11 under. “[Military service is] mandatory in Korea. I have a little mixed emotion. I have to go and I have only a few tournaments, and I will play really hard and work really hard.”
Bae is currently 25th on the International Presidents Cup points list but can move into the top 10 automatic qualifiers with a victory on Sunday. The deadline to qualify is just a week away (Sept. 7).
The Tour recently adjusted its regulations to assure Bae would maintain his status after he returns from his military service.