Jamie Sadlowski, the two-time defending Re/Max World Long Drive champion who was featured in the November issue of Golf Magazine, was beaten in the semifinals by England's Joe Miller, who went on to win the 2010 Re/Max in Mesquite, Nev., on Friday.
Sadlowski could only manage a 388-yard drive in his semifinal with Miller, whose 396-yard drive knocked out the 22-year-old sensation from Alberta, Canada.
Miller, one of the top hitters in Europe, then went on to beat Domenic Mazza in the final with a 414-yard smash that easily bested Mazza's 371-yard effort.
Sadlowski, whose relatively small size (5-11, 168 pounds) is rare in the sport, saw a few dangerous competitors fail to make the elite eight Friday.
The quarterfinals featured neither Jason Zuback, a former amateur powerlifter from Alberta, Canada, who has won the title a record five times, nor Mike Dobbyn, a 6-8, 300-pound mountain of a man who was the last person other than Sadlowski to win the Re/Max, in 2007.
That Sadlowski then failed to make the final two was perhaps the biggest shocker of all. He is the youngest hitter to achieve stardom on the long-drive circuit, but he has maintained his titles are no sure thing. Wind and temperature are huge factors in this event, which annually draws in excess of 10,000 competitors who attempt to qualify for the finals.
Temperatures were in the mid-70s with no wind Friday.
The competition will air on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET on Christmas day, and on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. To see Sadlowski in action, watch the video below. To learn more about him and how to unleash your power game, go to our power section. Photo: Angus Murray