Zach Johnson accidentally hits ball with practice swing at Masters

15 April, 2019, 00:57 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson, a two-time major victor who won the green jacket in 2007, just shanked a shot at the par-5 13th.

But here's the thing: it was a practice swing, so the shot doesn't count.

On Friday, Zach Johnson provided what may be the greatest "pros, they're just like us!" moment in recent memory, and it came at one of the sport's most recognizable stages: the 13th hole at Augusta National.

"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".

"Y'all can laugh. That's embarrassing", he said taking another practice swing. Under USGA rules, Johnson was allowed to re-tee without penalty because it was not intentional. It bounced off the tee box marker and a few feet in front of him, at which point the 2007 Masters champion turned to his playing partners and asked, "What happens there?"


Johnson said after the round when told video of the swing existed.

According to a new rule, because there was "no intent" to hit the ball, Johnson does not receive a penalty on the hole. "I actually hit a really good tee shot after that, so I think I recovered nicely".

"That's a first. I thought I had done it all but now I know I've done it all", Johnson said after his round.

Johnson finished with a one-over par 73 in the second round and is at 3-over for the tournament.

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