SYDNEY golf fans are in for a treat with the announcement two-time World Long Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski will tee up in the upcoming NSW Open.
The Canadian native has a personal best recorded drive of 405 metres and is set to wow the crowds at the Greg Norman designed Stonecutters Ridge next month.
Sadlowski, who won the World Long Drive in both 2008 and 2009, announced in August this year he was quitting that sport to focus on a playing career.
He will make his Australian debut competing for the Kel Nagle Cup but there is also unconfirmed speculation he will tee up in the following week’s Australian Open at Royal Sydney alongside Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.
"I'm very excited to add the NSW Open to my schedule,” Sadlowski said in a statement released by Golf NSW.
"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.
"Special thanks to Golf NSW for extending me an invitation and I look forward to playing in front of the great Aussie fans.”
While the 28-year-old is best known for his prodigious hitting Sadlowski is a decent player who has made three cuts from four starts on the Web.com Tour.
He played the Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour two weeks ago and finished T46 though followed up with a missed cut at last week’s Macau Open.
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He could be a genuine contender at the NSW Open where the wide fairways will allow him to put his greatest strength to use.
"Jamie will be a massive drawcard for fans,” Golf NSW General Manager of Golf, Graeme Phillipson said.
"He's very impressive to watch, we're thrilled to have him in the field.
"Stonecutters Ridge should suit his game. The par-5s will all be well within his reach so will a few of the par-4s.”
Sadlowski will hit less drivers than most players in the field as he often relies on a 2-iron which he can launch an average of 270 metres.
He advanced through local qualifying for this year’s US Open in his first attempt when he shot 5-under-par with TV analyst and former Tour player Gary McCord as his caddie.
McCord said later Sadlowski had used only seven clubs all day, including the putter, so long did he hit it off the tee.
The longest club he used for a second shot was a 5-iron and that was on a par-5.
“If you’ve never played a golf video game, this might be the next closest thing,” McCord said after the round.
“It was highly entertaining.”
A perennial contender at the World Long Drive Championships, Sadlowski finished in the top eight at the event for nine straight years.
He first teed up in one of the sport’s qualifiers as a 14-year-old and showed he had a gift by launching a 340-metre bomb.
But the former hockey standout said when announcing his retirement that he believed he had potential as a player.
“I’ve played four Web.com Tour events over the years, obviously not practicing and working on my game just a couple of days before each event. I’ve made three out of four cuts,” he told the Callaway Live internet show in announcing his retirement earlier this year.
“Doing shows has been great and everything, but I think I could be doing more.
“I have a weapon in my bag that obviously not everybody has, if I use it to my best ability."
The NSW Open will be played November 10-13 with an early bird free ticket promotion running until November 1.
Log on to www.nswopen.com to register and claim your free season pass, valued at $60.
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