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).
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 Wise||Cape Town|
|Erik van Rooyen||Johannesburg|
|Hennie Du Plessis||Kempton Park|
|Louis Oosthuizen||Mossel Bay|
|Ockie Strydom||Kempton Park|
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 are slowly but surely adding our golfer hometown resources to the site. We have each state on the site and are now adding countries.
Here are a few we have so far:
Current Pro Men’s Golfers from Zimbabwe
Current Pro Men’s Golfers from England