Zach Johnson accidentally hits ball with practice swing at Masters

It hasn't been a great day at the Masters for former champion Zach Johnson.

-Accidentally strikes the ball when making a practice swing or while preparing to make a stroke.

Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, stepped to the tee box on the 13th hole at the tail end of Amen Corner during Friday's second round. It was so bad that it richocheted off the tee marker then popped in the air right in front of him.

After the initial shock the Englishman said Johnson saw the amusing side.

Only his pride was hurt, since he was able to re-tee without a penalty because he did not intend to move the ball.


Because the PGA allows for intention to be factored in - and it's quite clear Johnson didn't mean to shank his drive 5 yards - he then teed up the ball and smoked his shot down the fairway.

Under Rule 6.2b (5) on starting a hole: "If a teed ball falls off the tee or is knocked off the tee by the player before the player has made a stroke at it, it may be re-teed anywhere in the teeing area without penalty".

Johnson would go on to birdie the hole, one of three birdies against four bogeys in a one-over par 73 that left Johnson with a 36-hole total of three-over par 147.

"Y'all can laugh, that's embarrassing", Johnson told his playing competitors, Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar.

But Johnson is adamant he will not the suffer the same misfortune on Saturday, as he said: "I don't think I could do it again if I even tried".


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