Former long-drive champ makes PGA TOUR debut this week

Jamie Sadlowski will make his PGA Tour debut this week at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. The two-time long-drive champion was added to the field by way of invitation.

Jamie burst onto the scene back in 2008–the year he won his first world title. Sponsored by Callaway, at 5’10” and 168 pounds, he has a modest build for someone who can hit a golf ball 400+.

He is compared to lovable movie character Happy Gilmore–due to his obsession with ice hockey.

“The only difference between me and Happy Gilmore is I can skate a whole lot better than he can,”“I remember watching Happy Gilmore when I was a kid and I was like, ‘Man, that guy just hit it 400 yards and there’s no way a guy can do that’.”

His records as of 2010:

  • 350 yards with a 14 degree hybrid.
  • 300 yards with a 3-iron.
  • 260 yards with a 5- iron.
  • 240 yards with a 7-iron.
  • 180 yards with a pitching wedge.

This would mean Jamie could possibly hit driver pitching wedge into some of the longest holes on TOUR. His 445-yard personal best would make him very entertaining to watch on a golf course.

Last year, the 28-year-old Canadian decided he was going to focus on professional golf. Sadlowski attempted to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Open, managing to shoot a five-under 65, and earning medalist honors at the local qualifier at DC Ranch in Scottsdale. He was unable to make it all the way to Oakmont, after missing the cut in a later stage.

Jamie will be keen to prove himself in a star studded field that includes Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, and defending champion Jordan Spieth. He was voted in by Beau Hossler as a Champions’ Choice invitee, reserved for two promising players that are voted into the field by past champions at Colonial.

Keep your eye out for him on the leaderboard, his game won’t be far from excitement.