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

Zach Johnson looks at the green on the seventh hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament

Zach Johnson has been grinding through Round 2 at the 2019 Masters.

Former champion Zach Johnson's lackluster Masters campaign got downright embarrassing at the 13th hole on Friday, where the American knocked his ball off the tee with a practice swing.

The most impressive part of the sequence is that Johnson then stepped up and bombed a flawless drive down the middle of the fairway.

The rule in question is Rule 6.2b 5.

Zach Johnson, a two-time major victor who won the green jacket in 2007, just shanked a shot at the par-5 13th.

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Johnson clipped his ball on one of the swings. "That's a first. I thought I had done it all but now I know I've done it all".

Had that happened not on the tee box, Johnson would have incurred a penalty. Had Johnson meant to hit the ball and simply whiffed, it would have counted as a stroke, but because he was clearly taking a practice swing - as evident by the fact that he had yet to "address", or set up behind the ball - he was allowed to re-tee and take his drive without penalty.

"Oh sh*t", was the immediate reaction from Johnson, known universally as perhaps the golfer least likely to drop a four letter word on the course.

Johnson then awkwardly stepped up to pick up his ball, looked around at his playing partners to see their reaction, and then took another whack at it.

Johnson went on to just about make the cut, ending the second round on 1-over-par.

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