Published: Пн, Апреля 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Masters notebook: Zach Johnson’s practice swing doesn’t miss the ball

Masters notebook: Zach Johnson’s practice swing doesn’t miss the ball

A less experienced golfer may have been rattled after something like that happened, but Johnson seemed unfazed.

The exact scenario is actually covered under Rule 6.2b (5) in the USGA rulebook, which says, "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".

Playing in the Masters is serious business.

Former champion Zach Johnson has been involved in a weird incident during the second round of the Masters, accidentally hitting his ball while taking 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.

"Yeah, that was a good one there", Johnson said. "I thought I'd done it all, but now I know I have", said the 43-year-old, who added Kuchar would not let him forget the gaffe. "I mean, y'all can laugh".

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - It was a practice swing unlike any other. Under USGA rules, Johnson was allowed to re-tee without penalty because it was not intentional.

Thankfully for Johnson, there was no penalty on the play.

After teeing up his ball and preparing for his tee shot on Augusta National's famous dogleg-left par-five, Johnson accidentally struck his ball with his driver (see below).

Further, if anyone doubted the intent of his swing, his immediate exclamation of "Oh s--!" made it pretty clear that it was an accident.

Johnson re-teed and ripped one down the middle, then hit his second to 30 feet and two-putted for birdie to get to one under on his round and one over for the tournament, putting him firmly inside the cut line for the time being.

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