Friday, 26 April, 2019


Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe

Zach Johnson hits ball on practice swing but it's not a penalty	
				Rob Schumacher  USA TODAY Network Zach Johnson hits ball on practice swing but it's not a penalty Rob Schumacher USA TODAY Network
Noah Ferguson | 15 April, 2019, 10:04

Johnson immediately yelled "Oh s--!" after his error, and then asked for guidance as to what the rules were for the situation he found himself in.

Because his ball was still not "in play" and on the teeing ground, he is allowed to simply replace it as long as he had no intent to hit the ball.

Playing in the Masters is serious business.

The 2007 Masters champion was on the 13th tee going through his pre-shot routine, swinging his driver but he swung a little too close and clipped his ball which bounced off a tee marker.

Former champion Zach Johnson's lackluster Masters campaign got downright embarrassing at the 13th hole on Friday, where the American knocked his ball off the tee with a practice swing. Johnson said after the round when told video of the swing existed.

"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.

But here's the thing: it was a practice swing, so the shot doesn't count. So Johnson re-teed and found the fairway.

Johnson just made the cut and he is at three over par.

Luckily, tournament officials did let him replay the shot without assessing him a one-stroke penalty, as the actions as deemed unintentional.

You guessed it, four shots and 510 yards later, Johnson sunk a birdie putt to take him to within one of level par.

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