Korea’s Sangmoon Bae will make his long-awaited comeback at the Shinhan Donghae Open which will be celebrating its 33rd edition at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club next month.
The KRW1.2 billion (approximately US$1.06 million) tournament is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Korean PGA and will see the return of some of the region’s biggest stars to Incheon from September 14-17.
Supported by the Shinhan Financial Group, The Shinhan Donghae Open made its return to the Asian Tour calendar last year following a 13-year absence and is one of the most highly anticipated events in Korea.
Bae, a three-time Asian Tour winner, will return to familiar winning grounds having claimed two consecutive victories at the long-established Shinhan Donghae Open in 2013 and 2014.
The 31-year-old Bae has been serving his mandatory military service in South Korea since November 2015, and will be officially discharged this August.
His last professional tournament was in 2015, when he played at the President’s Cup.
“I’ve had such great memories serving in the military, and I feel that I’ve grown a lot stronger.
“I did a lot of weight lifting and running to improve my conditioning, and I am not concerned about my fitness level at all. Even though I didn’t get to play much, I grew to love golf even more,” said Bae in a statement released to the media.
Bae, a three-time Asian Tour winner, will be up against some of the region’s best players including compatriot Jeunghun Wang, Thailand’s Poom Saksansin as well as India’s Jeev Milkha Singh and Gaganjeet Bhullar, who will be returning to defend his title.
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