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


It was a lucky escape for the former Masters champion, as the rules take into account intention to make a legitimate stroke. His ball then ricocheted off the right tee marker and landed about 10 yards in front of Johnson, who casually walked up and grabbed his ball.

Johnson said after the round when told video of the swing existed.

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Had Johnson already teed off and been hitting from the fairway, accidental contact with the ball would have counted as a stroke regardless of his intent, as the ball would have already been in play.

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).

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Johnson re-teed and ripped one down the middle, then hit his second to 30 feet and two-putted for birdie to get to one under on his round and one over for the tournament, putting him firmly inside the cut line for the time being. "Maybe I've tried to do it, but I don't think I could do it again even if I tried".

"I actually hit a really good tee shot after that, so I think I recovered nicely", he said, although he noted that playing partner Matt Kuchar would likely not let him forget the gaffe. "That's a first. I thought I had done it all but now I know I've done it all". The 2007 Masters champ bounced back in the early going on his second round, moving to one-over par on several occasions.

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