Seahawks offensive lineman Bradley Sowell is 6 foot 7 and weighs more than 300 pounds, but his swing drew rave reviews from PGA Tour John Daly after the Seahawks' practice on Wednesday.
RENTON — PGA Tour pro John Daly left the Seahawks’ facility on Wednesday impressed with one player: offensive lineman Bradley Sowell.
“I’ll caddie for him on the tour,” Daly said. “He says he’s only been playing four years. That’s amazing. He says he just loves it, he’s got the bug. For a big man with that type of swing is pretty awesome.”
After Wednesday’s practice, Sowell and Daly had a contest to see who could hit the most golf balls on a floating green in Lake Washington. Sowell won the event in a head-to-head final with receiver Jermaine Kearse. Kicker Steven Hauschka and PGA Tour pro Billy Andrade also played.
Daly and Andrade were in town for theBoeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, which begins Friday. But it was the smooth swing of Sowell, who is 6-7 and 309 pounds, that caught the eye of Daly.
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“You don’t see that too much,” Daly said. “I wish my swing was looking that good right now.”
Sowell started playing golf four or five years ago after his uncle gave him a gift card to buy some clubs. He taught himself at the driving range and is now a member at Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish and Scottsdale National Golf Club in Arizona and plays frequently in the offseason.
Here are some answers to questions you may or may not have been asking yourself about Bradley Sowell the golfer:
Challenges with the size of clubs (He’s 6-7): “Not really. It’s all the swing. I don’t get a whole lot of extension with my clubs or anything because I have long arms. Really, it’s all the swing.”
His handicap: “My handicap gets down to a 1.5 and then right now, when I got here, I didn’t play as much this spring so I’m probably like a three or so.”
Post-career opportunity on the senior tour: “I used to think that until I started playing with some pros. You don’t realize how bad you are until you start playing with actual pros. You’ll play with a guy, and he’ll beat you really bad and you’ll be like, ‘Hey, are you on tour?’ And he’ll be like, ‘Nah, just trying to get on tour,’ and he beats you by 10 strokes. Not a chance.”
Demeanor on the course: “I can be (calm). Depends how much money I’m playing for.”
Driving distance: “I drive it a good ways. I hit it pretty long. I’m well over 300 (yards) most of the time.”
On selecting Aldarra: “I fell in love with it when I went out there. I played Sahalee a couple times, and I hit every tree out there so I was done with that place. Then I went to Aldarra, and it’s very fair. A great course, a great layout, and it’s a challenge, too.”