Golfers, and athletes of all sports really, take pride in where they’re from. Whether it’s the state, city or area code – you always notice players wanting to rep their home area.
The whole Ryder Cup is basically built on the principle of competing and representing where you’re from.
Fans tend to do the same thing. It’s always more fun to pull for a player when they’re from your home state (or even your hometown).
With all that in mind, we went through the World Golf Rankings and pulled the home states (or countries) of every player in the top 200 (as of 5/19/23).
28 of the 50 states in the US have at least one player representing them in that top 200.
We found 2 players from the state of Illinois. That’s tied with three other states for 12th most of any US State (tied with Colorado, Kansas & Oklahoma).
Two may not seem like a lot but it’s pretty impressive when you think of it in terms of 1% of the top golfers in the WORLD coming from the state of Illinois.
Current Pros from Illinois
Here are both guys from Illinois in the World Golf Rankings top 200 in the spring of 2023 including what town they’re from.
Hall of Fame Players from Illinois
If you’re also interested to know which golf pros from Illinois have gone on to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, we’ve done that research for you as well.
Golf Hometown Fun Facts
California has the most golfers of any state in the top 200 with 21. Second most is Texas with 8, followed by Florida (7), and North Carolina and South Carolina with 5 each.
California actually has more players than any country (outside the US) in the top 200 as well. England has the most, 15, of any foreign country.
We are slowly but surely adding our golfer hometown resources to the site. Here are a few of the other states published so far: