06 April, 2018
The good news for Finau, however, is that the Round 1 jitters are over with, and he more than passed his inaugural Masters test under the unfortunate circumstances.
By all indications, Finau will tee it up once the tournament gets underway late tonight, but his stumble can't bode well for his chances of contending.
The American dislocated his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one at the traditional event that precedes the first round at Augusta.
"Obviously from that point to where I stand today is nothing short of a miracle if you ask me".
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Tony Finau continued a remarkable Masters story, which looked in serious jeopardy as early as Thursday morning, by moving into the lead at Augusta towards the closing stages of round one. But after he was cleared to play following an MRI exam, Finau turned in one of the best rounds of his life. I knew there was going to be a lot of pressure on the foot.
Finau aced the seventh hole and appeared to twist his ankle in the celebration.
Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley told the crowd crammed around the first tee how privileged they were to have the duo with nine green jackets to start the tournament.
Finau, whose length and ballstriking ability set up well for Augusta National, missed just three fairways on Thursday. "But I feel like my back's been up against the wall my whole life, so something like this is just another part of the story, I guess".