The Loop

7 countries you might be surprised to learn have professional golfers

If you've been following the Women's British Open, you'll know that history is being made this week. Laetitia Beck, a 22-year-old from Caesarea, Israel, will become the first Israeli golfer ever to play in a major.

"It means a lot to me," Beck told Ron Sirak on Wednesday. "It's not like I have a role model. It's the first time for me and my country."

It took a confluence of events for Beck to become a professional golfer, so it's not surprising that Israel hasn't produced more of them. But is Israel the most unlikely country to produce a professional golfer? Not even close.


__[#image: /photos/55ad79f9add713143b42a27b]|||bangladesh-518.jpg|||There are actually three current professional golfers from Bangledesh, with Siddikur Rahman the most notable. Rahman is ranked 159th in the world and plays most of his golf on the Asian Tour, but has also competed on the European and PGA Tours.


__Stuart J. Smith is the only golfer from Botswana, according to the Official World Golf Rankings. He plays almost exclusively on the Sunshine Tour, finishing T-10 in the Nedbank Affinity Cup last November.


Kazakhstani golfers are hard to come by, but they tend to pop up during the Challenge Tour's Kazakhstan Open. Byung Ku Kang was the only Kazakhstani in the field last September, shooting 87-82 to miss the cut.




Pakistani golfers aren't actually as rare as you think. There are a handful of them that skirt around the Asian, most notably Muhammad Munir, who played in the 2013 Dubai Desert Classic.


Jean-Batiste Hakizimana, proudly declared the country's "number one professional golfer" by one of the country's media outlets, played in the 2014 Barclays Kenya Open, but shot 79-78 to miss the cut.

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