Golf: Bae back home for Presidents Cup but may be called up for military service

South Korean golfer Bae Sang Moon plays a shot during a practice round for the TOUR Championship By Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on Sept 23, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.
South Korean golfer Bae Sang Moon plays a shot during a practice round for the TOUR Championship By Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on Sept 23, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean PGA golfer Bae Sang Moon arrived home on Wednesday for next week's Presidents Cup, amid lingering doubts over his participation in the prestigious tournament.

Bae, 29, recently lost a legal battle to defer his mandatory military service, and it remains unclear just how soon he may be forced to switch his golf kit for army fatigues.

A two-time PGA Tour winner, Bae failed to qualify automatically for the International team that will vie with the US team in the Oct 6-11 event in the western port city of Incheon.

International team captain Nick Price made Bae one of his two extra picks, saying he wanted a player that South Korean fans could root for.

Although Price said he did not foresee any problem with Bae's availability, there remains an outside chance he could be ordered to report for military duty in the next few days.

"I can't really tell you at this point what will happen," Bae told reporters as he arrived at Incheon airport. "It's not as though I can just pick a date I want and enter the armed forces."

The golfer said he would meet with officials soon to discuss his case, but appeared confident that he would be able to participate in the Presidents Cup.