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Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe

15 April 2019

American Zach Johnson is a two-time Major victor and one of the best golfers on the planet.

The rule in question is Rule 6.2b 5.

Johnson accidentally struck the ball on the 13th tee while going through his pre-shot routine during the second round of the Masters. On one of his practice swings Friday, he accidentally knocked his ball off the tee.

"Yeah, that was a good one there", Johnson said.

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

Despite his pride being hurt, Johnson did not incur a penalty and he ended up making a birdie.

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. "That's a first. I thought I'd done it all, but now I know I've done it all".

Johnson looked stunned for a moment, checking to see the reaction of his playing partners, Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar.

"He doesn't let me forget many things", Johnson said, "But, hey, you get what you deserve".

"I don't think I could do it again if I even tried", Johnson said.

Zach Johnson, a two-time major victor who won the green jacket in 2007, just shanked a shot at the par-5 13th.

Johnson, whose round of 73 left him 3 over for the tournament, said he knew there wasn't a penalty involved because "it all comes down to intent".

Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe