Friday 23 August 2019

Watch: Former Masters champion accidentally hits ball during practice swing

‘Y’all can laugh. That’s embarrassing,’ Zach Johnson told Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter and their caddies.

Zach Johnson looks at the green on the seventh hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Zach Johnson looks at the green on the seventh hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament (Charlie Riedel/AP)

By Max McLean, Press Association

Zach Johnson achieved an unwanted personal first at the Masters when he struck the ball from its tee by mistake during a practice swing.

Johnson, 42, won the green jacket in 2007, but it was a shade of red the US golfer went when he mistakenly made contact with his ball on the 13th hole.

“I have never seen that,” said one commentator.

The tip of Johnson’s driver hit the ball into the tee marker, at which point the ball ricocheted left a couple of feet in front.

Johnson reacted by looking in the direction of his group, comprised of Matt Kuchar and Ian Poulter, who appeared to confirm they were happy the shot was unintentional.

Rule 6.2b(5) on starting a hole states: “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.”

The mistake didn’t seem to put Johnson off though, making birdie once he was properly up and running before finishing his second round three over par in total.

“Yeah, that was a good one there. That’s a first,” he said afterwards. “I thought I had done it all but now I know I’ve done it all.

“I don’t think I could do it again if I even tried.”

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