We watch professional golf to be amazed. To be dazzled. To see world class athletes do incredible things with the golf ball. Things we never thought possible. And on Friday at the 2019 Masters, we saw 2007 Masters champ Zach Johnson hit one of those shots. Though it wasn’t quite what we had in mind.
It’s become part of Johnson’s routine to step up to the side of the golf ball, set the clubhead right next to the ball, take a practice swing, and then step into the ball and pull the trigger. He did that again on the 13th hole on Friday at Augusta, except it didn’t go quite as planned.
A tee shot unlike any other… pic.twitter.com/aOwHAJrvFh
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) April 12, 2019
That’s right. Johnson’s practice swing came a *little* bit too close to the golf ball. He caught a knick of it, which sent the ball flying sideways and bouncing off the tee marker. There was no penalty because the ball was not yet in play, so ZJ re-teed and proceeded the hole as normal, but not without sparking a viral moment on social media first…
Me literally anytime I play golf pic.twitter.com/5neYI3YWzQ
— Pat Ralph (@Pat_Ralph) April 12, 2019
When Amen Corner hitspic.twitter.com/sYJFpscSE6
— Josh Berhow (@Josh_Berhow) April 12, 2019
Uhhhh nothing to see here!! https://t.co/wQTZaBCUp3
— Jason Guss (@JasonGussGolf) April 12, 2019
On the 13th tee, Zach Johnson just hit his ball on a practice swing. No penalty since it's not intentional.
"I’ve never, ever seen that!” Poulter said.
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) April 12, 2019
Zach Johnson just laid up off the tee pic.twitter.com/rvjsf7UlMm
— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) April 12, 2019
Seeing Zach Johnson hit his ball during his practice swing on 13… pic.twitter.com/EoPQogW6Sy
— Skratch (@Skratch) April 12, 2019
Zach Johnson accidentally hitting his ball on a practice swing. Pro Golfers, they’re just like us! https://t.co/8sL2gungEy
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 12, 2019
*Zach Johnson accidentally knocks ball off tee*
Phil: that’s one
— Two Inches Short (@TwoInchesShort) April 12, 2019
What did Zach Johnson just do????
— Golf Problems (@GolfProblems_) April 12, 2019
Still love my guy and fellow Cedar Rapidian Zach Johnson. We're just gonna have to deal with the fact that he made that unbelievable gaffe at the biggest golf tournament in the world and that the clip will live forever.
— Luggage Guy Trent (@BarstoolTrent) April 12, 2019
— Paul (@ticatsroar) April 12, 2019
So Zach Johnson just accidentally hit the ball during his warm up swing. This is a staple of my golf repertoire. pic.twitter.com/xe8mqmPim8
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 12, 2019
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