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Unlucky 13th: Johnson accidentally hits ball off tee on practice swing

15 April 2019
Unlucky 13th: Johnson accidentally hits ball off tee on practice swing

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

-Accidentally strikes the ball when making a practice swing or while preparing to make a stroke.

As he was getting ready to hit his tee shot at the 13th, Johnson accidentally hit his ball while taking a practice swing.

Johnson clipped his ball on one of the swings.

The most impressive part of the sequence is that Johnson then stepped up and bombed a flawless drive down the middle of the fairway.

After the initial shock the Englishman said Johnson saw the amusing side.

"I don't think I could do it again if I even tried", Johnson said.

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

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.

The good news for Johnson: He hit his actual drive 285 yards down the middle of the fairway, knocked his second shot to 30 feet and two-putted for birdie on the 510-yard, par-5 hole.

"I thought I had done it all, but now I have done it all", he said after his round.

For one moment on Friday Zach Johnson joined the amateur hackers, leaving playing partners Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar in stitches.

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

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