Sangmoon Bae
Sangmoon Bae
33-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
The South Korean completed his mandatory two years of military service in 2017 before returning to action on the PGA Tour, appearing in 17 events throughout the season. Bae earned a spot in the Tour Finals thanks to an extension stemming from his lengthy absence, and he didn't disappoint with a win at the Albertsons Boise Open to ultimately regain status on the PGA Tour for the 2018-19 season. Expectations should be tempered, however, as the 32-year-old missed 11 cuts and added a withdrawal in 17 starts during his 2017-18 campaign at the PGA Tour level. Read Past Outlooks
Slated to play in Barracuda Championship
July 22, 2019
Bae (undisclosed) is listed in the field for this week's Barracuda Championship.
Bae withdrew prior to this past week's Barbasol Championship on the heels of a T47 at the John Deere Classic, but he expects to return for a Montreux G&CC debut in Reno, NV. Bae ranks 49th in SG: Putting and 76th in driving distance this season, but he's fallen to 181st in SG: Tee-to-Green and may struggle with the Modified Stableford scoring system.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Sangmoon Bae
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102 days ago
Marc Leishman fell just short of victory last year in this event, and that showing helped earn him a spot in this week's recommendations for contests on FanDuel.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Bae left the Tour after reaching the Tour Championship at the end of the 2014-15 season to fulfill a 21-month military commitment in South Korea. He has done so, and recently returned to golf in Asia. But he has maintained full status on the PGA Tour under the major medical/family crisis exemption, and he is planning to compete during the fall season. He won the season-opening tournament, now the Safeway Open, back in 2014-15, but there was no early word whether he'd be in Napa Valley for the 2017-18 lid-lifter. Bae has two PGA Tour wins (also the 2013 Byron Nelson) and ended 2015 ranked No. 115 in the OWGR. He's now close to No. 2,000. But he also finished 2011 at No. 30, and there was a lot of game there. Bae is only 31, a golfer's prime, so he will be an interesting wild card this season, surely to be picked by someone in your league.
After a solid sophomore season, which followed a strong rookie season, it appeared as though Bae was heading in the right direction. Something went wrong in his third season however as Bae never got on track. The simple fact of the matter is, Bae is better than he showed last year and at this price, he's going to be hard to pass up in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues he should go well ahead of his final position on the 2014 money list.
Bae scored a majority of his earnings from one event last season, which is rarely a good thing. Bae won the Bryon Nelson Championship in May, which account for over $1.2 million of his total of $1.7 million in earnings. He's a good player, but more consistency is needed to justify a pick in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues he should go in the 50-60 range.
Bae started 2012 on fire, but after his hot start, he struggled the rest of the way. That's not usually the case with rookies, as they normally struggle early while adjusting to life on the PGA TOUR, but Bae went about it the opposite way. It's tough to gauge how good Bae is now. After the early season run, it looked like he was the real deal, but he struggled the majority of the year, so it's truly a tough call. At his price, you could take a chance on him and probably face little risk, but don't expect too much out of him this season. In draft leagues, he's an eighth-round pick.
Bae is legit, at least according to his World Ranking, which is No. 30. According to the Japan Tour website, he's 170cm, weighs 77kg and his blood type is A, which could come in handy, you know, if you're ever in a position to provide first aid. Anyhow, not many rookies come to the PGA Tour with a double-digit ranking, let alone one in the Top 30, so Bae should be considered as option on your team this season.
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Pulls out of Barbasol Championship
July 16, 2019
Bae had withdrawn his name from the field at the Barbasol Championship this week, Rob Bolton of reports.
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Leads field in birdies at Travelers
June 25, 2019
Bae had an up and down week that culminated with an even-par 70 on Sunday to put him in a tie for 43rd place at the Travelers Championship.
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Earns spot in Valspar field
March 18, 2019
Bae tied for first at Monday's open qualifier for the Valspar Championship, earning a spot in this week's field at Innisbrook as a result, Rob Bolton of reports.
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Out of Honda Classic field
February 25, 2019
Bae isn't included in this week's field for The Honda Classic at PGA National Golf Club, Rob Bolton of reports.
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Will play at Pebble
February 4, 2019
Bae (undisclosed) is listed in the field for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
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