Owen strips down at TPC Sawgrass to save bird in distress

Greg Owen
Greg Owen took time from his Players Championship preparation on Monday to save a baby blue jay in distress after it fell out of a tree and into the pond on the 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 9:16 a.m.

If Greg Owen -- a journeyman still in search of his maiden PGA Tour victory -- wins this week's Players Championship, you can chalk it up to great play and great karma.

Owen, one of the all-time "good guys" on Tour, took time away from his Players Championship preparation at TPC Sawgrass on Monday to make a rescue.

Walking off the 16th tee with Brandt Snedeker, Owen noticed a baby blue jay fell out of a tree and into the pond. The bird was struggling to get across the pond. Without hesitation, Owen stripped down to his skivvies and walked into the pond to save the bird.

Lucky for us, this act of kindness was captured on video by Tony Ziegler of the Ziegler Golf School, Owen's instructor.

Check it out:


That should be worth a bunch of "birdies" for Owen this week.

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.