CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — He was away from golf for two years, and his world ranking plummeted lower than it had been at any point in his career.
For Sangmoon Bae, the re-entry has not gone as well as he would have liked.
Bae started well enough at the Wells Fargo Championship until his five birdies were wasted by five bogeys, and he ended up missing the cut for the ninth time in 13 starts on the PGA Tour this year. He knows the game that took him to 13 wins worldwide, including two on the PGA Tour and a spot in the Presidents Cup, is still in there.
“I think my game is a lot better than before. My swing is better,” Bae said. “I’ve kind of lost my feel how to play golf. Not how to swing — I forgot how to play golf.”
Bae was in the final match at home in South Korea in 2015 at the Presidents Cup, and he flubbed a chip on the 18th hole that was the International team’s last chance to win the trophy. That was his final competition before he faced two-year mandatory military service.
He was the second-best player from South Korea in the world ranking (No. 88) going into the Presidents Cup. When he returned, he was No. 1,869 in the world.
Bae, who lost an appeal to extend his work permit…