by Steve Elling

After 24 months of substituting figurative foxholes for sand-filled bunkers, Sangmoon Bae returned to the PGA Tour last week in northern California, the site of one of his two victories on the U.S. circuit.

Like nearly every male from South Korea, Bae was obligated to complete a two-year hitch in the country’s military. After participating in the 2015 Presidents Cup matches and successfully delaying his conscription for several years, he rode off into an uncertain future.


Restrict ex-pros from return to amateur golf 

I had no idea there were that many former professionals playing in the U.S. Mid-Amateur (“Ex-pros vs. amateurs: It’s USGA’s shame,” Oct. 10, I'm quite disappointed. I look at the Mid-Amateur as an opportunity for working stiffs to play at the highest level available to them, and my highest level isn't close to a touring pro’s. I've played with a couple, and I know where I stand. 




Number of consecutive years that American Justin Thomas has won the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic. Thomas, who recently was named player of the year after his five victories in the 2016-17 season, will seek his third straight CIMB Classic title beginning Thursday at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. It is the first of three consecutive Tour events in Asia.



Arccos Golf launched version 2.0 of its Player Dashboard, which is free to users of the Arccos 360 app. The device includes shot editing, new data visualizations, metric distances and filtering options.


Golden Horseshoe Golf Club will play host to the 25th annual Couples Golf Tournament on Nov. 6-7 at the Gold and Green courses, the Williamsburg, Va., club announced. The tournament is open to mixed teams of any age and handicap.


October 7-13
Men’s amateur: U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur
Capital City Club (Crabapple), Woodstock, Ga.
October 12-15
LPGA: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
Sky 72 GC (Ocean), Incheon, South Korea
European Tour: Italian Open
Milan Golf Club, Parco Reale di Monza, Italy
PGA Tour: CIMB Classic
TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 13-15
Champions Tour: SAS Championship
Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C.

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