Finau 'optimistic' of playing in Masters despite dislocated ankle

by Steven Clarke April 6, 2018, 3:52
Finau 'optimistic' of playing in Masters despite dislocated ankle

Finau fell to the ground and appeared to pop his ankle back into place.

So in 24 hours, Finau went from being part of one of the craziest stories in Masters lore to having his name on the manual scoreboards around the fabled course and being invited into the interview room.

He was planning to play through the pain.

But in a message to his fans on Twitter last night, Finau admitted he wasn't too anxious about the incident. Thanks for thoughts of concerns, messages and prayers from all. He's just the third green jacket owner to win the Par 3 Contest twice, joining Sandy Lyle and Sam Snead.

Finau, who was playing with his mother and children, aced his shot and made a decision to run up to the green in celebration. He chipped out and missed a 20-footer for par.

Woods' playing partner Marc Leishman had set the early pace, but finished the day two under after finding the water to make seven at the par-five 15th.

For those of you who say golfers aren't tough, we present to you Tony Finau as a rebuttal.

Golfer Tony Finau has injured himself in freaky circumstances while celebrating his incredible hole-in-one during the traditional Par 3 Tournament.

Finau, who is due to begin his first round at 12.43pm on Thursday (Friday NZ time), was off immediately to the physios after the incident.

But Finau popped his ankle back in and even played the next hole of the contest.

He wrote: 'Someone benefitted from Tony Finau dislocating his ankle celebrating a hole in one at the Par 3. He dropped to one knee and wound up pushing the joint back into place.

Had it counted it would have taken Nicklaus to six under, too. It is expected to be in the high 60s by the afternoon.

No matter where Ian Poulter turns, there's someone with an outstretched hand and congratulatory words.

Finau aced the 8th hole while his wife and four children watched on. That will be put to the test on the extremely hilly terrain of Augusta National.

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