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December 8 2012

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No. 74: Sang-moon Bae

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2013 PREVIEW: Sang-moon Bae, 26, has already won 11 times in Korea and Japan. He put together a solid rookie campaign highlighted by a playoff loss at the Transitions Championship. He wasn't intimidated by his new surroundings and figures to continue to improve in 2013.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Bae announced his arrival on the PGA TOUR when he reached the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, losing to soon-to-be world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. It was the highest finish by a Korean player in the event that features the top 64 available players in the Official World Golf Ranking. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I often wonder how hard it must be for a person to make the transition to a new country. Not only did Bae have to adapt to the PGA TOUR, he had to adapt to a new culture. He embraced all the changes, taking English lessons and becoming adept at interviews. His golf game was never in question and he impressed me as a good ball-striker. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Parlayed a successful run at 2011 q-school with a spot comfortably inside the top 50 of the world ranking to form a rookie schedule on the PGA TOUR not often seen from a South Korean. Played in all of the majors, World Golf Championships and THE PLAYERS, but failed to post a top 35 in all of the stroke-play versions of those big-time events. He turned in a pair of top 10s -- T5 at the WGC-Match Play and a playoff loss at the Transitions Championship -- but didn't seem to overcome a shoulder injury that dogged him as early as April. Picked up a T2 in his homeland in October, but how that translates into a sophomore season in the U.S. remains a mystery. In the meantime, he's fallen outside the top 50 in the world ranking and finished outside the top 80 on the money list, so his 2013 schedule could look significantly different than this year's. And if it does, he may be forced to visit some sites for the first time, which is a little like starting all over again. You can afford to abstain. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
71st

Final Playoffs ranking
96th

Best finish T-2nd Transitions Championship
By the Numbers
Starts: 25
Cuts made: 17
Rounds played: 77
Top-10 finishes: 2
Money List rank: 83rd
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 95th
Driving accuracy: 142nd
Greens in regulation: 182nd
Strokes gained-putting: 74th
Scoring average: 164th

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