AmEx Sponsor’s Exemption Swings 140 MPH, Averages 375 Yards Off The Tee

Bigger, faster, stronger.

That’s been the promise of a new era of golfer for decades. And while, by and large, that better athlete has found its way to the sport, we’re about to see the next level of that evolution this week at the American Express.

Introducing South Africa’s James Hart du Preez, who stands nearly 6-foot-10 and weighs 260 pounds. Featuring a driver clubhead speed upwards of 140 mph, du Preez led the Sunshine Tour last season in driving distance at an average of 373.07 yards per drive.

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A former cricketer and water polo player, du Preez turned pro in 2018 and advanced through to the second stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-School last fall, but has seen his career fail to take off as he deals with injuries.

His first shot at the big time comes this week in Palm Springs where he’ll play alongside PGA Tour rookie Andrew Novak in the first few rounds.