A WHEEL of Fortune contestant has amazed host Pat Sajak and even the game show’s staff as he sped through puzzle after puzzle on Wednesday’s episode.
Owen was deemed by fans as one of the best players they’d ever seen.
The Laguna Beach-based contestant revealed he is a “self-taught piano player” during the Q&A segment with Pat, 74.
But it became clear Wheel of Fortune was his forte.
Owen got the first $1K toss-up puzzle, guessing “Famous Chef” after mere seconds.
“That didn’t take long!” Sajak remarked.
He then got the second toss-up as “Florence Italy” with just two “L’s, one “N” and an “E”, for another $2K.
“Apparently he’s a self-taught toss-up player as well!” Pat exclaimed.
Announcer Jim Thornton, who usually doesn’t editorialize, said as the show cut to voiceover: “Yeah, that was fast!”
Owen then got three toss-ups in a row mid-game: “Butter and Milk,” “Bread & Breadcrumbs” and $10K on the third with “Fruit and Fruitcake” all in a row.
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“Wow!” Pat said – as the contestant got all five toss-up puzzles in the game.
Owen then continued to get: “Sold out concert tour” with so few letters it was remarkable, and went to the bonus puzzle.
It took him a mere two seconds to correctly guess “Major downpour” winning $40K and $58K total – and he may have gotten more if he hadn’t landed on a bankrupt midgame.
Fans online went wild: “This guy on Wheel of Fortune might have played the best final toss-ups and final puzzles that I’ve ever seen,” one viewer wrote to Twitter.
“My man, Owen!” tweeted another fan – as he got nearly every puzzle in the entire episode.
If there were a Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions for Wheel of Fortune players, Owen might make the cut.
END OF AN ERA?
Pat previously hinted at stepping away from the game he has hosted for four decades alongside Vanna.
He told ET back in September: “In most television shows by this time, you would have said, ‘That’s probably enough,’ but this show will not die.”
“It appears I may go before the show,” Pat added.
The TV star- who has received plenty of backlash recently for a controversial photo – then said: “Years go by fast. We’re getting near the end. It’s been a long [time].