Zach Johnson missed cut at Masters after penalty strokes added post-round

Zach Johnson missed cut at Masters after penalty strokes added post-round


Zach Johnson appeared headed for a weekend tee time at the Masters, barely. The 2007 Masters champion had struggled on a windy day on Friday -- the whole field struggled, really -- but he thought he had done just well enough with a 6-over 78 to make the cut.

So why didn't he?

After the round, Augusta National officials alerted Johnson to a potential violation of the Rules of Golf on the 13th hole. Johnson's third shot to the par 5 wound up in the water hazard in front of the green, and the reigning Open champion chose to play his ball out of the hazard. However, in his backswing, he grazed the water, which is considered grounding the club in a hazard under Rule 13-4. Johnson was subject to a two-stroke penalty.

Johnson agreed, added two strokes and signed for an 80. Instead of making the cut on the number, he missed by two shots.

The Sea Island, Ga., resident reacted on Twitter:


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