Zach Johnson Accidentally Hits Ball on Practice Swing at the Masters

Zach Johnson of the U.S. hits from the rough on the 2nd hole during second round play of the 2019 Masters golf tournament at Augusta Nationa

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.

The 2007 Masters champion was in the middle of the pack as he wound his way through the back nine, after scoring a 74 in the opening round.

After 13 holes of play, Johnson now sits at one-under for the day and one-over for the tournament.

Johnson inadvertently hit the ball on his practice swing, sending it caroming off the tee marker on the right. "I actually hit a really good tee shot after that, so I think I recovered nicely".

Under United States Golf Association rules, a ball isn't considered to be "in play" until it's actually hit from the tee area.

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Kevin Kisner, who was playing in the group in front of Johnson, said he'd never done it in a competitive round. "I thought I'd done it all, but now I know I have".

There isn't a Saturday or Sunday golfer in Ireland that hasn't done what Zach Johnson has just managed at The Masters this afternoon.

Johnson would go on to birdie the hole, one of three birdies against four bogeys in a one-over par 73 that left Johnson with a 36-hole total of three-over par 147.

Despite the mishap, Johnson is positive that it was one-off, adding: "I don't think I could do it again if I even tried".

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