Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe

Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe

Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe

On Friday morning, former Masters champion Zach Johnson took the course following a disappointing outing in Round 1.

Johnson inadvertently hit the ball on his practice swing, sending it caroming off the tee marker on the right.

Johnson was standing on the 13 tee at even par for the day after a bogey on 12, when he took a practice swing with his driver, and accidentally made contact with his ball that was on the tee.

The most impressive part of the sequence is that Johnson then stepped up and bombed a ideal drive down the middle of the fairway. A less experienced golfer may have been rattled after something like that happened, but Johnson seemed unfazed.


The third man in the group, England's Ian Poulter, didn't see the shot as he was getting a drink from his bag. "That's a first. I thought I had done it all but now I know I've done it all". Because Johnson didn't have the intention of hitting the ball, he was allowed to re-tee and hit again.

"He doesn't let me forget many things", Johnson said, "But, hey, you get what you deserve".

"I actually hit a good tee shot after that", said Johnson who went on to birdie the hole on his way to a one-over 73 that left him three over for the tournament.

Only Johnson's pride was hurt because he was allowed to re-tee the ball without penalty because he had not meant to move it.

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