Sang Moon Bae may have to return to return to his home country of South Korea to join the military.
Reports are saying that the golfer has been denied an extension of his oversees travel permit.
What’s the big hoopla? In South Korea all men that that are physically- able between 18-35 must serve in the military for at least two years. Bae, a permanent U.S. resident, by rule needed to needed to have lived in America for at least a year to have his travel permit extended a possible additional three years.
South Korea’s Military Manpower Administration may revoke an overseas travel permit and force military duties on those who have spent a total of six months or more within the past year, or spent three consecutive months within the past year inside of Korea. Bae, however, has not spent three consecutive months in said country. He has traveled to his homeland for a total of 133 nonconsecutive days to enroll in graduate school and to play in Korean PGA Tour events.
From the Yonhap News Agency
“According to the relevant South Korean laws, conscription candidates who have acquired permanent overseas residency and have lived for at least one year in that country may have their overseas travel permit extended for up to three years.
However, the [Military Manpower Administration] may cancel overseas travel permit and impose military duties on those who have spent a total of six months or more within the past year, or spent three consecutive months within the past year, in South Korea.
In the past 12 months, Bae spent 133 days in total, but not consecutively, in South Korea to play Korea PGA Tour events and to handle paperwork to enroll at a graduate school.
According to Jipyong, a Seoul-based law firm representing Bae, the golfer’s period of stay in South Korea was within legal limit, but the MMA still considered it long enough so it didn’t regard him as an overseas resident.”
The 28-year-old has already won the Frys.com Open to begin the 2014-2015 season and has already qualified for a chance to win the Masters in April.
A representative for the firm defending the golfer said, “Bae has spent some time in South Korea recently but his occupation as a touring professional golfer must be taken into account. He should still be considered an overseas resident who has spent a year or more in the United States after getting his residency. It’s up to Bae to take legal action as his last resort.”
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