Zach Johnson Accidentally Hits Ball With Practice Swing

Masters Zach Johnson accidentally smacks ball with practice swing... still birdies

Zach Johnson has been grinding through Round 2 at the 2019 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. - It was a practice swing unlike any other.

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.

As Johnson's group informed him, there was no penalty for the freakish gaffe because it clearly happened while he was taking a practice swing.

When he took the tee box on No. 13, Johnson sat two shots above the cut line.

Luckily for Johnson, the rules actually helped him on this one, and Johnson knew the rule immediately.

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But because Johnson had yet to tee off, the ball was not technically in play when he made his swing, meaning the ruling came down to his intent.

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.

"I thought I had done it all, but now I have done it all", he said after his round.

Johnson was able to put the drama behind him, making birdie at the hole, although bogeys at the 17 and 18 hole left him at +1 for the day and +3 for the tournament. "Maybe I've tried to do it, but I don't think I could do it again even if I tried".

"That's something we're going to laugh about for a long time", said Matt Kuchar, who was playing with Johnson and Ian Poulter.

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