Lets not forget the Dutch association with golf goes back much further than the American one (they claim to have invented it!!!!) albeit the evidence really weighs with the Scots and the Dutch can perhaps better lay claim to some early version of ice hockey. I suspect Silent is secretly annoyed that Colsearts played in a Ryder Cup first, but it's been a small trend (and still very small) that some non traditional European countries are starting to make the team.
I also agree that dedicated obsessives can become endearing, and in a funny sort of way, you can't but help tacitly adopting the player concerned a little bit
The rump of Europe's RC teams is still GB, Ireland, Spain + Sweden, but there are some emerging golf playing countries like Portugal and Holland who should start to become a bit more prominent in the next decade. There's a few minor stirrings in Norway and Finland too. It's still embryonic of course but the potential is there. Europe first started to play as Europe in 1977 I think? or was it 79?
In any case, outside of the 4 countries that have made the team up, contributions from the rest of the continent have been slim
Germany (80m) - Langer & Kaymer
Italy (60m) - Rocca & two Mollinaris
France (65m) - Levet & Van de Velde
Denmark (?) - Bjorn & Hanson
Belgium (8m) - Colsearts
So there's plenty more to come. The real success story of course is Northern Ireland with a population of 1.7m, and yet have McIlroy, McDowell, and Clarke, who've all seemingly come from a 10 mile stretch of coastline (ok that's a stretch on Rory's part, but he certainly spent formative time at Portrush)
I think the evidence is probably pointing to Italy being the next country to join the top table, but if Dubuisson can make a name for himself, and with the French scheduled to host 2018, they too might emerge