South Korean golfer Bae Sang-Moon is in the army now

Jul 24, 2015, 07:56 IST | AFP

Seoul: South Korea's two-time PGA Tour winner Bae Sang-Moon will be changing the driving range for a shooting range after losing a court battle to defer his mandatory two-year military service.

Bae Sang-Moon
Bae Sang-Moon 

Bae (28) who turned professional in 2004 and won his first US PGA event in 2013, had asked to delay his service to focus on his career, but a South Korean district court on Wednesday ruled that he must return home to serve. Instead of appealing, Bae told Yonhap news agency that he would "humbly accept" the ruling.

All able-bodied South Korean men aged 18-35 must serve in the military for about two years. Those between 25 and 35, who have not yet completed their mandatory service, require a special permit to stay overseas.

Bae's permit expired at the end of last year and the court denied his application for an extension.

S Korea's army relies heavily on a compulsory military service system that accounts for a lion's share of its 690,000 active personnel.

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