FORT WORTH, TX – April 28, 2017 – The long-running tournament tradition of champions voting in two players has placed Beau Hossler and Jamie Sadlowski in the 2017 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational at Colonial field. This unique tradition allows champions to choose promising professionals who have never before been eligible for the prestigious invitational event. The tournament celebrates its 71st championship this year, May 22-28.
The champions selected Hossler and Sadlowski from a crop of talented young players who are trying to establish themselves as career professionals.
Hossler, 22, had a distinguished career at The University of Texas, where he was an all-American and 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year. But golf fans may remember that he splashed onto the national golf scene as a 17-year-old high school student in the 2012 U.S. Open, where he briefly held the lead during the second round and finished tied for 29th place. Hossler has already played in three U.S. Open Championships, notable because only three other players in history have competed in three U.S. Opens by the age of 21 – Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw. He has competed in a few PGA Tour events on exemptions earlier this year, with his best finish coming at the Shell Houston Open where he tied for 39th place.
Sadlowski is a young Canadian golfer with a unique story. At the age of 28, after competing on the Long Drive circuit, including black-to-back World Long Drive titles in 2008 and 2009, he is making the switch to professional tour golf. Sadlowski is currently playing on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, the Web.com Tour and other events, where he is meeting with success in these early stages of his new career.
DEAN & DELUCA Invitational champions have done well over the years with their picks, and some choices have returned to win the tournament later in their careers. Other Champions’ Choice invitees who made their professional debut in Fort Worth with this honor were Davis Love III, Paul Azinger, Billy Mayfair, Mark O’Meara, Curtis Strange and Stewart Cink. Four years ago, 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth was invited as a Champions’ Choice; he is now the defending champion at this year’s DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.
In all, 72 of the former 125 choices have become PGA Tour tournament winners, racking up 394 victories and 26 majors. A purse of $6.9 million awaits the final field of 120 contestants. Tickets are on sale now at www.DeanandDeLucaInvitational.com and at local Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores.