Pro Golfers from South Africa 2

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.

South Africa is one of those countries. In fact, South Africa has 13 players in the top 200, second most of any country outside the US (second to England with 15).

Men’s Golfers from South Africa

Here are the 13 golfers from South Africa in the World Golf Rankings top 200 in the spring of 2023 including what town they’re from.

Aaron WiseCape Town
Christiaan BezuidenhoutDelmas
Dean Burmester
Erik van RooyenJohannesburg
Garrick HiggoJohannesburg
Hennie Du PlessisKempton Park
Justin RoseJohannesburg
Louis OosthuizenMossel Bay
MJ DaffuePretoria
Ockie StrydomKempton Park
Oliver BekkerPretoria
Thriston LawrenceMbombela
Zander LombardPretoria

Hall of Fame Golfers from South Africa

I figured someone searching for current players from the country of South Africa would probably also be interested in the Hall of Fame players from there as well.

So, here are the two players I found from South Africa in the World Golf Hall of Fame:

NameCityInduction Year
Retief GoosenPietersburg2019
Ernie ElsJohannesburg2011
Nick PriceDurban, Natal2003
Bobby LockeGermiston1977
Gary PlayerJohannesburg1974

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.

More Countries

We have a complete library of resource pages that cover the hometowns of golfers from over 50 different US states and countries.

Here are a few of the other countries that we have:

Current Pro Men’s Golfers from Zimbabwe

Current Pro Men’s Golfers from England

Current Pro Men’s Golfers from Venezuela