Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe

Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe

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

Johnson, known as one of the shorter hitters in golf, was practicing his swing on the 13th tee at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., when he accidentally hit the ball with his driver, knocking it into the tee marker and launching the ball off to the left.

"In a scene common to casual golfers but hardly ever seen at the professional level, Johnson sent his ball errantly out to the right after getting just a little too close while taking a practice stroke before teeing off".

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

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

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. "Maybe I've tried to do it, but I don't think I could do it again even if I tried".

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

Both players ruled the contact incidental and Johnson, who finished at 3-over, would not be given any penalty and he would go on to birdie the hole.

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