Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe

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

American Zach Johnson is a two-time Major victor and one of the best golfers on the planet.

While on the 13th tee on Friday at the Masters, Zach Johnson accidentally hit his ball on a practice swing.

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.

As Johnson's group informed him, there was no penalty for the freakish gaffe because it clearly happened while he was taking a practice swing. Under USGA rules, Johnson was allowed to re-tee without penalty because it was not intentional. "That's a first. I thought I'd done it all, but now I know I've done it all". 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.

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

But even at the pinnacle of the sport, it seems that comical errors can be made, as Johnson has proved at Augusta during the Masters.

However, he got far too close to the ball itself, and brushed it off the tee with his driver. He finished with a birdie on the par-5 13th, which moved him to 1 under on the afternoon.

Playing partner Ian Poulter revealed he was a little bit "shocked", although he admitted he didn't actually see what happened as he was getting a drink out of his bag.

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