Zach Johnson knocks ball off tee with practice swing at the Masters

Masters Zach Johnson accidentally smacks ball with practice swing... still birdies

Johnson had another questionable hit earlier in the day, when his ball zoomed toward several terrified spectators.

-Accidentally strikes the ball when making a practice swing or while preparing to make a stroke.

Zach Johnson was taking practice swings on the 13th tee box Friday at the Masters when the unthinkable happened.

The extraordinary incident became even more freaky once the ball had richocheted off the tee marker and come to rest only a couple of metres away, still on the teeing ground.

"I was caught off guard", Johnson said.

A frustrated Johnson, unsure of the rules, was told by fellow golfers Matt Kuchar and Ian Poulter the swing didn't count, as the shot wasn't intentional - the ball could be re-teed.

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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.

You guessed it, four shots and 510 yards later, Johnson sunk a birdie putt to take him to within one of level par. "Maybe I've tried to do it, but I don't think I could do it again even if I tried".

Kevin Kisner, who was playing in the group in front of Johnson, said he'd never done it in a competitive round.

"There's a first for everything boys", Johnson added.

Unfortunately for Johnson, his weekend prospects look slim after two consecutive bogeys on the final two holes of his round have left him looking very vulnerable at +3, with current leaders Francesco Molinari and Jason Day sharing the clubhouse lead at -7.

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