It wasn’t a great day at the Masters for former champion Zach Johnson on Friday.
While warming up for his tee shot on No. 13, Johnson swung a wee bit too close to the ball and whacked it off.
The ball banged off a tee marker and rolled a few feet away.
“Oh s***,” he could be heard saying. “What happens there?”
Luckily for Johnson, under USGA rules he was allowed to re-tee without penalty because it was not intentional.
“If a teed ball falls off the tee or is knocked off the tee by the player before the player has made a stroke at it, it may be re-teed anywhere in the teeing area without penalty,” the rule states.
However the golf world couldn’t believe a pro player could make such an embarrassing mistake at a major, with one commentator saying: “I have never seen that.”
And he wasn’t alone.
I have watched a lot of professional golf and have never seen anything like what Zach Johnson did. I can’t stop laughing. pic.twitter.com/7BZKdGO43s
— Chris Parenteau (@ChrisParenteau1) April 12, 2019
Had it happened not on the tee box, Johnson would have incurred a penalty.
However, because the rules state a ball is not in play until after the tee shot, Johnson was able to re-tee it and hit away.
“I thought I had done it all, but now I have done it all,” he said after his round. “It was a nice little four-foot draw. I don’t think I could do it again if I tried.”
Unfortunately it wasn’t the only flawed shot of the day for Johnson, who almost wiped out some spectators on the 2nd hole.
— Steve Angelovich (@angelsteve89) April 12, 2019
And that’s why you don’t stand too close to a golf course.
Day and Scott tied for lead
A stunning eagle launched Australian Adam Scott past countryman Jason Day into the outright lead at the Masters, before a three-putt on the next hole brought him back as rain lashed a weather-interrupted second round.
Scott returned from a 40-minute weather delay and fired a 231-yard second shot into the par-5 15th hole.
He knocked in the eagle putt to move to eight-under par.
But the 2013 Masters winner missed a short par putt on the par-3 16th – the bogey dropping him back into a tie for the lead at seven under alongside Day.
Earlier, Day fired a five-under-par 67 and the former world No.1 was joined in the lead by British Open winner Francesco Molinari (67), Brooks Koepka (71) and Louis Oosthuzien (66).