When it comes to pastimes in Kentucky, the image of the perfectly grooved dirt of Churchill Downs or the hardwood inside Rupp Arena likely comes to mind.
As it turns out, the Bluegrass State has another sport near and dear to its heart, professional golf, as Kentucky ranks among the top states in America when it comes to interest in the PGA Tour.
With National Golf Day arriving on May 10th and the excitement around golf over the past year (due to the PGA vs. LIV conflict), BetKentucky.com decided to look at which states across the United States are the most interested in the PGA Tour.
We break from Kentucky sports betting updates to break down the most PGA Tour-loving states.
Most PGA Tour-Loving States In The US
BetKentucky.com utilized 3 combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 US States from most to least into the PGA Tour. We utilized World Population Review’s ranking of “Golf Courses Per Capita,”, Google Trend’s search interest of the “PGA Tour” over past 12 months and extra points for the states with the most Top 30 ranked PGA event, based on Stadium Talk.
Here’s what we found for Kentucky residents, as the 2023 PGA Tour season ramps up:
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Kentucky Cracks Top 10 Nationally In Professional Golf Tour Interest
The Bluegrass State finished with the eighth highest interest in PGA Tour golf, with 98 total points.
Overall, Kentucky finished between No. 7 Arizona (101 points) and New York (96 points), while Georgia rounded out the top 10 nationally with 93 points.
The main point generator for the state was its PGA Tour events, which scored 42 points (good for a tie with Arizona, Ohio, and New York for sixth nationally), while Kentucky had the third-lowest number of golf courses per square mile (28 points in that category) and finished tied with Pennsylvania for the third lowest PGA Tour search interest, at 28.
Nationally, Florida finished atop the PGA Tour leaderboard with 139 points, while South Carolina (133 points), Ohio (130), North Carolina (118), and Illinois (114) rounded out the top five.
The rest of the top 10 included states like Pennsylvania, which had 109 points, as well as Arizona (101 points), New York (96), and Georgia (93) — giving Kentucky residents a greater sense of how unique their love of professional golf is on a national level.
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