Former Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson tells Masters fans to ‘f--- off’

Zach Johnson – Former Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson tells Masters fans to 'f--- off'
Zach Johnson lost his cool at Augusta National - Shutterstock/Erik S Lesser

Former Masters winner Zach Johnson was caught telling spectators to “f--- off” after they cheered his triple bogey six at the par-three 12th during round two of the Masters.

Johnson, who captained the United States’ Ryder Cup team in Rome last autumn, appeared to take exception to some sarcastic clapping from fans back on the tee as he tapped in.

After picking the ball out of the hole, he was caught on the Amen Corner feed of the tournament’s website shouting “f--- off” in the direction of his hecklers before flinging his ball into Rae’s Creek.

Upon being told about the moment on the 12th, Johnson apologised, but was adamant that he was not directing his frustration at the fans.

“If I’ve said anything, which I’m not going to deny, especially if it’s on camera, one, I apologise, and two, it was fully directed towards myself entirely because I can’t hear anything behind me.

It is the second time this year Johnson has remonstrated with fans, with tempers also fraying on the final day of the WM Phoenix Open.

Johnson was filmed confronting fans at TPC Scottsdale and could be heard telling them “I’m sick of it” before demanding they “just shut up”.

It was not apparent from the TPC clip, which was posted on social media, what prompted the two-time major winner to lose his temper, although the Phoenix Open is notorious for the rowdy behaviour of some fans.

The iconic 12th hole at Augusta has caught out a number of players this week, with swirling winds making the 155 yard tee shot particularly tricky.

Johnson sailed his tee shot miles left into the woods. After reloading, his third shot flew wide right of the green. He then sent his pitch well past the flag before two-putting for a six. The 2007 Masters champion dropped another shot at the par-five 13th and will not be playing the weekend.

Johnson, 48, admitted after the USA’s 16½-11½ loss at Marco Simone last autumn that he had “regrets”, in particular managing their time better.

“If I could have put more value into time management, I could have put my guys in a better position to play golf at a better rate early on,” he said.