'Never seen that': Former champ's embarrassing moment stuns the Masters

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?”

Zach Johnson’s embarrassing moment. Image: The Masters

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.

Zach Johnson. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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.


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.


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).

with Jay Busbee – Yahoo Sports