Sangmoon Bae Q & A
September 11, 2015
By Kenneth Quillinan, Special to PGATOUR.COM
- September 11, 2015
- Sangmoon Bae of Korea watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of The Barclays. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
There’s no doubting that The Presidents Cup needed a local boy to ensure that the Korean fans will show extra interest in the competition. As a two-time winner on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Songdo IBD, Sangmoon Bae was selected by Captain Nick Price as the final member of the 2015 International Team. He has had quite an eventful year, mainly off the course, but picking up an unexpected victory over the much fancied U.S. Team would make this a year Bae would never forget. He shared his thoughts in a recent interview:
Q: Can you describe your emotions when you got the call from Nick Price? Or was it KJ who called you?
Bae: Nick Price called me and told me the news, I am extremely honored to represent the International Team and excited to play The Presidents Cup in my home country.
Q: How confident were you of being selected?
Bae: I was hoping but wasn't expecting to be selected, because I did not play well during the mid-season. But I was able to bounce back over last few tournaments, so I was hopeful of being selected for the team.
Q: To be a part of the greatest ever golfing event in Asia and more specifically your home country of Korea must be the highlight of your career to date?
Bae: Yes, and it would be even better if we could win back the cup...
Q: You have won twice before on this course, so you must be full of confidence heading into the competition?
Bae: Yes, I've won two Korean tournaments there, but The Presidents Cup is different from any other tournament, it comes with lots of pressure.
Q: You have beaten the likes of Ian Poulter and Charl Schwartzel in previous match-play events. What is it about this format that you like?
Bae: Match play is very unique; playing style and your rhythm are very important. You must take advantage of the momentum when it comes to you.
Q: Looking at the team, is there any player in particular you would like to partner up with? Danny Lee tweeted his excitement when you were selected mentioning the "dynamic duo"...
Bae: The Presidents Cup is a team tournament, so I will do my best to play with anyone in our team. But a pairing with Danny Lee would be very exciting!
Q: Looking at the U.S. Team, they look very strong on paper. Any thoughts on what the Internationals need to do to claim an unexpected and rare victory in October?
Bae: Yes, the US have very good young players as well as experienced veterans on their team. But we also have strong players in our team and we will have the Korean fans to support us 100 percent.
Q: Would you fancy taking on Jordan Spieth during Sunday singles?
Bae: I have not thought about it so I am not sure, but if it comes to that point, yes…
Q: How much of a factor do you think the home support to be?
Bae: It would help very much. We will rely on them to give us that extra advantage needed to win.
Q: How do you feel 2015 has went for you? Satisfied?
Bae: Yes, I started out strong, struggled toward mid-season, but recently I have found my game again and I would like to finish the season off strong.
Q: Do you expect to play much golf during your imminent two-year military service obligation?
Bae: I am not sure yet, but I do hope that I can continue practicing while I am in service.
Q: Winning The Presidents Cup on home soil would be a great way to sign off no doubt. Will this be your last competition before your leave of absence?
Bae: Yes, it will be.
Q: On October 11, 2014, you defeated fellow captain’s pick Steven Bowditch to claim your second PGATOUR victory. One year and one day on, you both could be celebrating a victory over a very strong U.S. Team. How does that sound?
Bae: It sounds so sweet and exciting. Let’s hope it happens!
Q: Finally, would you prefer to sink the winning putt on Sunday afternoon in Songdo, or at a major of your choice?
Bae: That is a very difficult question to answer, because I have not experienced either yet. But I do think that sinking the winning putt in Songdo and at a Major both sound good to me.