Friday, 19 April, 2019

Zach Johnson has unfortunate Masters gaffe - Masters Tournament 2019

Zach Johnson Watch: Zach Johnson Accidentally Hits Ball on Practice Swing at the Masters
Shannon Reynolds | 15 April, 2019, 02:41

While on the 13th tee on Friday at the Masters, Zach Johnson accidentally hit his ball on a practice swing.

The ball banged off a tee marker and rolled a few feet away.

"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 had fun with the incident, giving people on the tee box permission to laugh because, as he said, "That's embarrassing".

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

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

"Oh sh*t", was the immediate reaction from Johnson, known universally as perhaps the golfer least likely to drop a four letter word on the course.

The 43-year old was not assessed a penalty and the shot did not count as a stroke as Johnson had no intention to hit the ball.

But even at the pinnacle of the sport, it seems that comical errors can be made, as Johnson has proved at Augusta during the Masters. He then went on to birdie the hole and move back to 1 over for the tournament.

The 2007 Masters champ let out an "oh, s-t" after contact and turned to playing partners, Matt Kuchar and Ian Poulter, to find out what the protocol was.

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