Jake Owen went up to Phil Mickelson at Jordan Spieth's wedding to ask for The Match refund
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Jake Owen went up to Phil Mickelson at Jordan Spieth’s wedding to ask for The Match refund



Jake Owen is a country superstar, a darned good golfer, and he's not afraid to walk up to someone and give them a piece of their mind. Even if it's at a wedding. And even if that person is Phil Mickelson.

Owen, appearing on the Barstool Sports "Fore Play Podcast," told the story of when he approached Mickelson give him a piece of his mind about The Match against Tiger Woods back in November in Las Vegas. Plenty of fans were miffed when they paid $30 for the pay-per-view spectacular only to learn Turner's B/R Live service chose to give the event away for free at the last minute due to technical problems in processing payments.

The country musician picked a proper time to tell Mickelson all of this, too: at Jordan Spieth's wedding.

As Owen tells it: "I had a few cocktails, and I saw him across the room, and I was like, 'I gotta go tell this guy what I think.' So I walk over to him and go, 'Phil, you owe me f--king $29.99 for wasting four hours of my life with this sh--tiest golf I've ever seen. ... You guys hype up this whole thing about this big match and you couldn't even make three birdies between the two of you? I want my $29.99 back and f--king apologize to me for some sh-tty golf.'

"And he pulls out a wad out of his pocket, and he grabs a 100-dollar bill, and he's like, 'Yeah, I won 90,000 of these yesterday.' He goes, 'Take a hundred and go f--- yourself.'"

For his part, Mickelson didn't shy away from the story. Responding to the tweet with the video, Mickelson confirmed it as Owen detailed the story.

That's just damn funny right there. Mickelson handled about as perfectly as possible, delivering the humblebrag for winning $9 million the day prior (plus a boat load of other money in he and Tiger's deal with Turner) and then finishing off the hater (who is a personal favorite singer) with a small sliver of said money.

What a great story.

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