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20190307 Golf Strength by Country

Executive Summary

Top Countries for Mens’ Golf: USA, England, Australia, South Africa, Japan …. (full listing  of 60 below).

Top Countries for Womens’ Golf: South Korea, USA, Japan, Thailand, England ….. (full listing of 49 below).

Combined Nation rankings (Top5): USA, South Korea, Japan, England, Australia.

 

Introduction

This post was inspired by a twitter follower @TolfGipster who was pondering the strength of Korean Mens’ golf and how many Koreans would eventually make the World Top10.

It got me thinking about how I would rank all the countries in the world for their ‘golf strength’.

Logic

I crunched some numbers, primarily using owgr average points, and taking a variety of approaches.

I looked at counting wins and / or places but the data set was too small.

I also looked at averaging the points per player but a Rory McIlroy, Lydia Ko or Jhonattan Vegas skewed their countries’ number too much.

The data below were drawn from the official world golf rankings as at 3 March 2019; there were 2,016 players with points.

My final rankings are sorted in order of the sum of owgr points for each country – which I deemed the best ‘national strength indicator’. Even this is skewed because players in a few countries enjoy Pro Tours where owgr points can be earned without traveling overseas.

Anyway, for better or worse, here are the tabulations. Scroll down for the Womens’ table.

For additional indicative context, I’ve added, in the final column, the number of players from each country that contributed points.

Country Rankings (Male) 2,016 players:

Rank Country Points Players
1 USA 263.64 467
2 England 72.61 187
3 Australia 47.56 142
4 South Africa 40.55 129
5 Japan 34.79 111
6 South Korea 31.97 146
7 Spain 23.28 42
8 Sweden 21.28 79
9 Thailand 17.82 68
10 France 14.42 73
11 Scotland 12.10 47
12 Denmark 10.74 40
13 Italy 10.48 31
14 China 9.60 27
15 India 8.78 36
16 Canada 8.57 35
17 Germany 7.39 44
18 Northern Ireland 7.00 7
19 New Zealand 6.80 24
20 Ireland 6.19 18
21 Argentina 5.44 25
22 Finland 4.74 18
23 Mexico 4.17 14
24 Belgium 4.10 7
25 Netherlands 3.59 16
26 Taiwan 2.71 17
27 Chile 2.54 10
28 Austria 2.38 18
29 Malaysia 2.22 14
30 Philippines 2.21 9
31 Wales 2.12 10
32 Norway 1.69 15
33 Zimbabwe 1.69 5
34 Portugal 1.63 10
35 Colombia 1.47 6
36 Venezuela 1.40 2
37 Switzerland 0.94 6
38 Brazil 0.93 5
39 Paraguay 0.89 1
40 Slovakia 0.78 2
41 Bangladesh 0.70 5
42 Greece 0.69 1
43 Poland 0.57 2
44 Singapore 0.51 8
45 Czechia 0.47 6
46 Puerto Rico 0.43 1
47 Iceland 0.39 5
48 Fiji 0.36 1
49 Hong Kong 0.27 2
50 Pakistan 0.25 5
51 Indonesia 0.20 4
52 Zambia 0.20 1
53 Guatemala 0.09 1
54 Botswana 0.08 1
55 Morocco 0.08 3
56 Sri Lanka 0.08 3
57 Costa Rica 0.04 1
58 Uruguay 0.03 1
59 Nigeria 0.01 1
60 Russia 0.01 1

Country Rankings (Female) 1,122 players

Using the same logic as for the Men, the Womens’ ranking are tabulated below.

The data were extracted from the Rolex Rankings at 3 March 2019:

Rank Country Points Players
1 South Korea 132.69 245
2 USA 74.14 152
3 Japan 57.02 242
4 Thailand 21.49 59
5 England 14.06 32
6 Australia 13.20 27
7 Taiwan 10.27 59
8 Sweden 9.78 34
9 China 9.68 46
10 Spain 9.16 24
11 Canada 6.14 11
12 Germany 4.82 10
13 France 4.12 34
14 New Zealand 4.05 6
15 South Africa 1.90 8
16 Norway 1.72 10
17 Mexico 1.51 6
18 Netherlands 1.49 2
19 Scotland 1.45 12
20 Denmark 1.23 5
21 India 1.13 10
22 Finland 0.96 13
23 Puerto Rico 0.79 1
24 Wales 0.69 5
25 Philippines 0.66 10
26 Colombia 0.61 3
27 Belgium 0.47 5
28 Austria 0.45 3
29 Czechia 0.39 6
30 Iceland 0.37 3
31 Italy 0.32 7
32 Switzerland 0.32 6
33 Georgia 0.30 1
34 Israel 0.25 1
35 Ireland 0.23 1
36 Hong Kong 0.22 1
37 Northern Ireland 0.22 1
38 Slovenia 0.21 1
39 Malaysia 0.17 6
40 Paraguay 0.14 1
41 Singapore 0.12 3
42 Morocco 0.10 1
43 Peru 0.05 1
44 Hungary 0.04 1
45 Russia 0.04 1
46 Brazil 0.03 3
47 Latvia 0.02 1
48 Swaziland 0.02 1
49 Panama 0.01 1

If we unite the two sets of rankings to calculate an overall global ranking for both genders, USA wins, well ahead South Korea, Japan, England, Australia, South Africa, Thailand & Spain.

 

Ⓒ Copyright MJ Miller (Mike) 7 March 2019.