Masters 2019: Zach Johnson draws laughs from Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar

Carrie Guzman
April 15, 2019

Zach Johnson has been grinding through Round 2 at the 2019 Masters.

Johnson teed up his ball, squared up his stance and took a practice swing.

Luckily, tournament officials did let him replay the shot without assessing him a one-stroke penalty, as the actions as deemed unintentional.

After the initial shock the Englishman said Johnson saw the amusing side. So Johnson re-teed and found the fairway. "I actually hit a really good tee shot after that, so I think I recovered nicely". Because his ball was still not "in play" and on the teeing ground, he is allowed to simply replace it as long as he had no intent to hit the ball.

Ultimately, Johnson did not need to take a penalty stroke because he had not meant to hit the ball and it was not yet in play.

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His playing partners, Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar, were also shocked, although the former admitted that he did not see what had happened as he was getting a drink out of his bag. "I thought I'd done it all, but now I know I have".

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

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.

But Johnson is adamant he will not the suffer the same misfortune on Saturday, as he said: "I don't think I could do it again if I even tried".

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