Air cannon scares Zach Johnson at John Deere Classic

The American was putting for birdie on the 16th hole

During the final round of the John Deere Classic, American Zach Johnson was putting for birdie at the par-3 16th hole.

A boat on the nearby Rock river was the culprit, letting off a loud banging noise just as Johnson was in his putting backstroke.

Johnson, who finished tied-third at TPC Deere Run, eventually putted for par.

“I don’t know if it was like a pipe bomb or backfire from a boat, I don’t have any idea, but I know it was loud,” explained Johnson. 

“I know I was about ready to hit my putt, and I mean, you know, it was 35 feet.

“It’s not like I was hitting a tap-in or eight-footer or one of those things. 

“But unfortunate, but as a golfer, I guess as an athlete, you gotta regroup and just kind of get back in it mentally and fortunately I did okay.”

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