Zach Johnson Accidentally Hits Ball With Practice Swing

Tanya Simon
April 15, 2019

Luckily for Johnson - who won the Masters in 2007 - his blunder didn't cost him a shot because his ball was not yet "in play".

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

Johnson accidentally struck the ball on the 13th tee while going through his pre-shot routine during the second round of the Masters.

Johnson, giving his club a forceful swing through the air, clunked the ball into the marker, proving that even major champions can make silly mistakes.

The most impressive part of the sequence is that Johnson then stepped up and bombed a ideal drive down the middle of the fairway.

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Johnson said after the round when told video of the swing existed. "That's a first. I thought I'd done it all, but now I know I've done it all". He was able to re-tee the ball and then striped his tee shot-his actual tee shot-right down the center.

Ultimately, Johnson did not need to take a penalty stroke because he had not meant to hit the ball and it was not yet in play. Because Johnson didn't have the intention of hitting the ball, he was allowed to re-tee and hit again.

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.

For one moment on Friday Zach Johnson joined the amateur hackers, leaving playing partners Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar in stitches.

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