The Masters: Zach Johnson's practice swing doesn't miss the ball


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.

But here's the thing: it was a practice swing, so the shot doesn't count.

Former champion Zach Johnson's lackluster Masters campaign got downright embarrassing at the 13th hole on Friday, where the American knocked his ball off the tee with a practice swing. It was so bad that it richocheted off the tee marker then popped in the air right in front of him.

After 13 holes of play, Johnson now sits at one-under for the day and one-over for the tournament. "That's a first. I thought I'd done it all, but now I know I've done it all".

"Okay, there's a first for everything there boys", Johnson said, relieved.

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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).

Johnson made the most of his second chance, hitting a 285-yard drive onto the fairway and eventually netting a birdie on the hole. "I don't think I could do it again if I tried".

Playing partner Ian Poulter revealed he was a little bit "shocked", although he admitted he didn't actually see what happened as he was getting a drink out of his bag.

And the odd incident didn't shake Johnson's concentration; he birdied the hole to move to 1 over for the tournament.