Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe


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

Johnson stepped onto the 13th tee box confidently with driver in hand looking to shake off his second bogey in six holes, but on a practice swing, he accidentally caught a piece of his golf ball.

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.

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

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.

Fortunately for Johnson, who won the 2007 edition of the tournament, he did not incur a penalty as it was a clear accident.

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On the plus side, Johnson managed to birdie both holes, and is in decent shape to make the cut.

And that's why you don't stand too close to a golf course. I thought I had done it all but now I know I've done it all.

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.

"There's a first for everything boys", Johnson added.

His playing partners, Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar, were also shocked, although the former admitted that he did not see what had happened as he was getting a drink out of his bag.