Sang-Moon Bae forced out of PGA Tour, into military

SOUTH Korea's Sang-Moon Bae is in Ontario this week, shooting for a slice of the $A7.9 million prize money on offer in the Canadian Open.

But the world No.107 will soon be firing shots of a different kind after being called up for two year's compulsory national service.

The 29-year-old - already a winner on the PGA Tour this season - was refused an extension of his travel permit and said he would "humbly accept" the court's ruling.

"I'd like to apologise to my fans for causing them concerns," he said. "I decided that I can mature further as a golfer by returning home as soon as I can and complete my mandatory military service."

All South Korean men between 19 and 35 must serve two years in the military, although some athletes have earned exemptions, including Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-soo Choo and Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung-ho Kang.

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