As briefly touched on, South Africa does of course have a rich golfing history but despite the country’s success over the years, there hasn’t been a golfer that the large majority of Africans can identify with. So while it may be true that if you bet on Masters 2022 you will see a host of South African names like Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Louis Oosthuizen tipped to do well in the latest odds, you can also be certain that the continent won’t be taking too much notice of how they get on at Augusta National in early spring.
It should be stressed that there isn’t any ill-feeling towards these players and that the indifference felt by many Africans is purely down to not having a horse in the race. The exciting news, however, is that this could change thanks to Nigerian golfer Georgia Oboh, who is currently making waves on the Ladies European Tour. Indeed, at just 21 years old, Oboh is well set up to challenge for major honours in the future after enjoying a breakthrough season in Europe. Needless to say, this would naturally help capture the attention of Africans as far as golf goes and also help put the continent on the map. Encouragingly, this is a cause that is close to Oboh’s heart after she decided to wear the Nigerian flag instead of the English one when competing.