South Korean golf star Bae Sang-Moon starts military service

Bae Sang-Moon had gone to court earlier this year to seek an extension of his overseas travel permit to continue playing golf in the United States, but the application was deniedSouth Korean two-time PGA Tour winner Bae Sang-Moon swapped his driver for a rifle Tuesday, beginning two years of military service after a failed legal bid for a temporary deferment. “I’ll be back on tour in 2017,” Bae told journalists before entering an army training camp in the eastern city of Chuncheon. The district court judging his case ruled that a conscript was not allowed to arbitrarily schedule his entry into the military — even if his professional career faces the risk of being disrupted.

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