Country Star Jake Owen Tells Off Critic During Web.Com Debut

Country music star Jake Owen is a veteran performer, but when it came to his golf game during the Tour stop in Nashville on Thursday, he lost his cool.

Owen, making his debut on a sponsor’s exemption, fired a 14-over par 86, which was good enough for dead last in the opening round of the Nashville Open at the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club.  


Owen, who plays off a one-handicap, was 10-over through nine holes when a fan tweeted at him about his round.  

Owen, who has teamed up with the likes of Jordan Spieth at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, wasn’t about to let that slight go. In fact, he couldn’t wait until the end of his round. 

The conversation and reaction on social media dominated the day with Owen coaxing the internet heckler into committing money to the Brandt Snedeker Foundation for every birdie on Friday. 

Nashville native and host Snedeker got into the act pledging $5,000 for every birdie. From there, pledges started to come in from across the internet. The foundation supports cancer research. 


Fellow country musician Chris Young also said he is going to match Snedeker’s birdie pledge.  The money is rolling in for Owen on Friday as more than $10,000 per birdie is headed the foundation’s way. 

Even the cranky tweeter was impressed by what has happened.


Owen struggled, understandably, in a pro tournament, much like Tony Romo did recently. He did have some highlights, however, including a chip in at No. 7. 

The chances of Owen making the cut are slim, but there will now be plenty to play for on Friday for Owen.