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Golf's Rising Stars - Hennie du Plessis

By: | Thu 30 Mar 2023 | Comments

Despite being just 26 years old, Hennie du Plessis has enjoyed eight years as a professional, winning on four occasions.

The South African golfer finished runner-up on the DP World Tour at the Jonsson Workwear Open, and we believe he has a glittering career ahead of him.

Player Profile

Du Plessis turned professional in 2015 after conquering the Sunshine Tour Q-School by finishing in first position.

During the 2016 season, Du Plessis recorded five top 5 finishes throughout the campaign, which also included a tie for second.

On his 21st birthday, he secured his maiden professional title by winning the Vodacom Origins of Golf - which was the event he finished T2nd in previously.

Only a few months later and the South African had scooped his second professional victory, this time partnering Jean Hugo to lift the Steyn City Team Championship.

The South African Open was contested twice in 2020 and Du Plessis finished T6 for both events.

During the 2021 edition - which lost co-sanctioned status due to COVID-19 - the now 26-year-old finished third and broke into the top 200 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time.

He also played on the Challenge Tour during this year, where he lost a four-way playoff at the Limpopo Championship - he would finish 28th in the Road to Mallorca ranking.

Du Plessis played on the 2022 DP World Tour and he made all but one cut during his first nine starts, which demonstrates just how much talent he possesses.

He came close to earning his first DP World Tour title on several occasions; he took a two-stroke lead into the final round of the MyGolfLife Open before shooting 72 and finishing T6.

The life of the talented golfer appeared to change dramatically when he featured in the inaugural LIV Golf event in London.

He performed so well throughout the week, finishing runner-up and only a sole stroke behind winner Charl Schwartzel - which saw him earn $2,125,000.

As an additional bonus, he was also part of the winning team and pocketed a further $750,000 for his contribution.  

Recent Results

Jonsson Workwear Open - T2

SDC Championship - Cut

Magical Kenya Open - Cut

Hero Dubai Desert Classic - T38

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship - Cut

Alfred Dunhill Championship - Cut

Investec South African Open Championship - T9

Joburg Open - T33

Acciona Open de Espana - T8

Cazoo Open de France - T60

Key Stats

Driving Distance - 322.95 Yards

Driving Accuracy - 55.34%

Greens in Regulation - 74.85%

Average Putts Per Round - 30.53

Stroke Average - 70.42

End of Year World Ranking Position

2020: 399

2021: 219

2022: 179

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