Sang-Moon Bae could face military conscription in South Korea after being denied an extension on his overseas travel permit, according to a report by the Yonhap News Agency.
Bae, a two-time PGA Tour winner, is 28 years old with an expiring travel visa. If he does not return to South Korea for military conscription within 30 days of his permit expiring, he could face criminal charges.
All able-bodied South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 35 must serve in the armed forces for about two years. Also under the conscription laws, men between 25 and 35 who have not yet completed their compulsory service require a special permit to stay overseas.
Bae told Yonhap News he wasn’t dodging his military duties, but is attempting to be granted a legal extension.