Golf fans with a love for the long ball are in for a treat next month when dual World Long Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski graces the New South Wales Open. Sadlowski is also expected to tee it up at the Emirates Australian Open a week later.
Sadlowski (pictured above) will make his first professional appearance in Australia from November 10 to 13 for the NSW Open at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club, where the spacious layout could see him unleash some of his famous 400-metre drives.
The 28-year-old Canadian won consecutive World Long Drive titles in 2008 and 2009 and has reached the televised finals nine straight years, never finishing worse than fifth. Sadlowski boasts a record-setting personal best of 445 yards (405 metres) in long-drive competition and can still drive the ball nearly 90 metres further than the longest hitters on the PGA Tour.
“Jamie will be a massive drawcard for fans,” said Graeme Phillipson, Golf NSW’s general manager of golf. “He’s very impressive to watch. We’re thrilled to have him in the field.”
Turning his attention to making it on the PGA Tour in recent times, Sadlowski has played numerous tournaments on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, the Web.com Tour and the Asian Tour with some encouraging results.
“I’m very excited to add the NSW Open to my schedule,” Sadlowski said. “I’m looking forward to a great month of golf in Australia as I make my debut on the Australian Tour. Professional tournament play is very new to me. Unlike long drive, it requires the entire game.
"Professional tournament play is very new to me. Unlike long drive, it requires the entire game." Jamie Sadlowski
“Special thanks to Golf NSW for extending me an invitation and I look forward to playing in front of the great Aussie fans.”
Sadlowski should find the wide fairways of Stonecutters Ridge to his liking.
“Stonecutters Ridge should suit his game,” Phillipson said. “The par-5s will all be well within his reach; so will a few of the par-4s. The fans are going to love him.”
Sadlowski is one of several recent inclusions in the NSW Open field, joining Craig Parry, Nick O’Hern, Robert Allenby and four Peters: Senior, O’Malley, Lonard and Fowler.