Bae has 3-over 74 in return to golf after 2-year army duty

BY AP • September 15, 2017

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Sangmoon Bae's first round of tournament golf after a compulsory stint in the South Korean army was a 3-over 74 Thursday in the opening round of the Asian Tour's Donghae Open.

Bae was 3-over after his first nine holes on the par-71 Bear's Best Cheongna Golf Club. After two birdies and a bogey early on the back nine, he bogeyed the par-3 17th to put him back to 3-over, nine strokes behind first-round leaders and fellow South Koreans Kang Kyung-nam and Kim Jun-sung, who had 65s.

Bae, whose last pro tournament was at the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea, was discharged from military service in August after spending almost two years as a rifleman.

He won the U.S. PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Championship in 2013 and the Open in 2014.

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