Long Drive Champ Jamie Sadlowski Makes Nationwide Tour Cut

Mike LynchContributor IIISeptember 16, 2011

KNOXVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27:  John Daly and his caddie stand in the 17th fairway during the third round of the Knoxville News Sentinel Open at Fox Den Country Club on August 27, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jamie Sadlowski has proven that he is no sideshow.  It appears that he will make the cut at the Albertson Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour.  

The two-time world long drive champion fired a second round 66 to play the first two rounds at three under par.  Barring a drastic change in scoring, the number should be sufficient to make the cut.

Sadlowski has become well-known for his incredible drives as he won the RE/MAX World Long Driving championship in 2008 and 2009.  In 2010, he easily defeated PGA Tour players Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Robert Garrigus in a long driving contest before the Sony Open.

People may have shook their heads at his competition in an official pro tournament.  The Nationwide tour has had rather embarrassing results for celebrity competitors like Jerry Rice and John Smoltz.  

Sadlowski was brought in to play John Daly in a nine hole skins game prior to the tournament.  This had all the makings of another publicity stunt, but Sadlowski has proven critics wrong.

He struggled to a 73, but charged back with a 66, shooting 32 on his final nine holes.  His play resembled a seasoned tournament golfer rather then a driving range champion.  According to PGATour.com he has averaged 359.5 yards on drives, good for first in the field.  While his other statistics pale in comparison he was able to make two eagles on Friday thanks to his length.

At only 23 years old, Sadlowski could potentially have a future on the PGA Tour.  While he must work on accuracy and his short game, he looks to have the mental makeup to be a tour player.  Not many people can walk into a professional golf tournament for the first-time and stand up to the pressure.