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).
There are 28 countries (29 including the US) with at least one player representing them in the top 200.
Japan is one of those countries. In fact, Japan has 12 players in the top 200, third most of any country outside the US (behind England with 15 and South Africa with 13).
Men’s Golf Pros from Japan
Here are the 12 golfers from Japan in the World Golf Rankings top 200 in the spring of 2023 including what town they’re from.
Hall of Fame Golfers from Japan
My assumption is anyone interested in the current golf pros from Japan might also be interested to see which golfers from Japan have gone onto the World Golf Hall of Fame.
So, here are the two guys that have done exactly that:
|Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki||Kaifu District, Tokushima||2011|
|Isao Aoki||Abiko, Chiba||2004|
Golf Hometown Fun Facts
England has the most players in the top 200 of any country outside the US. They’re followed by South Africa (13), Japan (12) and South Korea and Australia with 9 each.
To give you some context to how that compares to US States – 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.
We have about 60 resource guides, just like this one, providing details on which pros hail from which country or US State.
Here are some of the other countries that you can check out: