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Zach Johnson finishes 2019 Masters in a tie for 58th

Zach Johnson of the U.S. hits from the rough on the 2nd hole during second round play of the 2019 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Zach Johnson of the U.S. hits from the rough on the 2nd hole during second round play of the 2019 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Zach Johnson finished his 2019 Masters with a 1-over 73 Sunday which placed him at 5-over for the week, good for a tie for 58th.

Johnson joined dozens of players as they greeted a fired-up Tiger Woods after he finished his unforgettable round and the crowds chanted “Tiger! Tiger!”

It was fitting that Johnson congratulated Woods because the Iowan made the “Make Tiger Great Again” T-shirts at the 2016 Ryder Cup when Woods was an injured assistant captain.

As for Johnson’s golf, he shot a 1-over 37 on his front nine, which was actually the back nine, as the Masters decided to send players off both tees and start early in the morning to avoid an afternoon storm.

Johnson’s viral practice swing from the iconic 13th tee box Friday was still being talked about this weekend at Augusta National.

This time among the many patrons walking the grounds.

“There’s no question it’s caught on with us weekend hacks, I would just love to think that he personally could take it with a grain of salt,” Dallas native Glen Dorris said. “I thought it was pretty entertaining but I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

“But if it had to happen to somebody, thank heavens it didn’t happen to somebody with a bad temper, they probably wouldn’t have taken it as well as Zach did.”

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Newton, Ga., resident J.T. Robinson walked the fairways in a classic green Masters hat and yellow Masters polo, holding the hand of his 4-year-old son Silas, who was lucky enough to be experiencing already his second Masters.

“Oh, I’ve sure done that,” Robinson said of Johnson’s miscue. “I’ve definitely done it with full intent to hit my shot.

“I did it when I was a beginner and even now,” Robinson smiled.

Iowa grad Deborah Robinson, who now lives in California’s Bay Area, loves to follow Zach from afar. And she got a chuckle from his relatable moment.

“We’ve all done it,” Robinson said. “I nicked a tee shot about eight years ago in a local ladies play day event. The ball ricocheted off the tee marker and ended up (35 yards) in the fairway.”

But Robinson is a serious golfer. At the time she was a 10 handicap and she’s not alone in these embarrassing moments.

“I’ve done that on a tee shot,” Alexandria, Va., resident Joe Stern said Saturday. “It’s definitely something I’ve done dozens of times. But sometimes as an amateur golfer, you laugh it off and pretend like it didn’t happen or like no one was watching.”

Sports and golf fans were definitely watching Johnson.

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