Sangmoon Bae is an easy-to-root-for story. After having a promising career sidelined for two years due to a military commitment in South Korea, Bae returned to the tour this year, but failed to play well enough to keep his PGA Tour card. Luckily for Bae, his time off the big tour will be virtually nonexistent, as a win in the Web.com Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open is enough to secure him a PGA Tour card and possibly be fully exempt next season.
Bae, who switched to Titleist’s Pro V1x ball three tournaments ago, produced a driving distance average of 324.3 yards off the tee with that ball and Callaway’s Rogue Sub Zero driver. That helped Bae play well enough into the greens to rank seventh for the week in greens in regulation.
Bae had no round higher than 67 for the week, and his final-round 66 was punctuated with a five-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole with his Odyssey O-Works Red #7 CH putter, a mallet head shape with high MOI, alignment fangs and the company’s “microhinge” insert.
In other words, a winning combination all around.
What Sangmoon Bae had in the bag at the Albertson’s Boise Open:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, 10.5 degrees
3-wood: Callaway Rogue, 15 degrees
Hybrid: Callaway Apex, 20 degrees
Irons (4-PW): Callaway MB1
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red #7 CH