Zach Johnson's practice swing doesn't miss the ball

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Luckily for Johnson - who won the Masters in 2007 - his blunder didn't cost him a shot because his ball was not yet "in play".

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

Golf fans will rarely see a more unusual turn of events than what happened to Zach Johnson on the 13th tee during the second round of the US Masters.

Johnson teed up his ball, squared up his stance and took a practice swing.

When he took the tee box on No. 13, Johnson sat two shots above the cut line.

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After the initial shock the Englishman said Johnson saw the amusing side. He was able to re-tee the ball and then striped his tee shot-his actual tee shot-right down the center. Under the rules, "if a teed ball falls off the tee or is knocked off the tee by the player before he has made a stroke at it, it may be re-teed anywhere in the teeing area without penalty".

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. "I actually hit a really good tee shot after that, so I think I recovered nicely".

Johnson, playing with Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, told the golfers they could laugh at his mistake.

Johnson, whose round of 73 left him 3 over for the tournament, said he knew there wasn't a penalty involved because "it all comes down to intent". "That's a first. I thought I had done it all but now I know I've done it all".

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