15 April, 2019
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It was a practice swing unlike any other.
"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 2007 champion was practising his swing, but he ended up getting a little too close and clipped it which ended up bouncing off a tee marker.
When he took the tee box on No. 13, Johnson sat two shots above the cut line.
"Oh s--!" Johnson said immediately.
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Thankfully for Johnson, there was no penalty on the play.
The 43-year old was not assessed a penalty and the shot did not count as a stroke as Johnson had no intention to hit the ball.
Despite the mishap, Johnson is positive that it was one-off, adding: "I don't think I could do it again if I even tried".
"I actually hit a good tee shot after that", said Johnson who went on to birdie the hole on his way to a one-over 73 that left him three over for the tournament.
And the odd incident didn't shake Johnson's concentration; he birdied the hole to move to 1 over for the tournament.
Kevin Kisner, who was playing in the group in front of Johnson, said he'd never done it in a competitive round.