Zach Johnson birdies after practice swing gaffe

Zach Johnson hits ball on practice swing but it's not a penalty	
				Rob Schumacher  USA TODAY Network

It hasn't been a great day at the Masters for former champion Zach Johnson.

But there was Zach Johnson on the 13th tee on Friday, preparing to his his tee shot when one of his practice swings accidentally 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.

Johnson was standing on the 13 tee at even par for the day after a bogey on 12, when he took a practice swing with his driver, and accidentally made contact with his ball that was on the tee. His drive didn't make it out of the tee box after it appeared to ricochet off the marker.

"I was caught off guard", Johnson said.

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"I thought I had done it all, but now I have done it all", he said after his round. Under USGA rules, Johnson was allowed to re-tee without penalty because it was not intentional. "I actually hit a really good tee shot after that, so I think I recovered nicely".

And then there was a stand-up comedy routine - two, actually - after Kisner and Johnson completed their rounds, Kisner finishing off a 1-over-par 73 to sit at 2 under entering the weekend, and Johnson also shooting a 73 and sitting at 3 over after two rounds.

"Y'all can laugh, that's embarrassing", Johnson told his playing competitors, Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar.

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

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