Tony Finau says dislocation recovery was 'mind over matter'

Arnold Nichols
April 6, 2018

Finau's Masters status was in doubt after he dislocated his ankle while wildly celebrating a hole-in-one during the iconic curtain-raising par-3 contest at Augusta on Wednesday.

Finau's ankle could be clearly seen collapsing beneath him and there are fears he dislocated it, and he could be seen popping it back into place after hitting the turf.

Finau's participation during Thursday's opening round was plunged into doubt when he went over on his ankle while celebrating making a hole-in-one during the traditional curtain raiser.

He is expected to have an MRI on his ankle Thursday and plans to be ready for his 12:43 p.m. tee time, according to ESPN.

He ended up withdrawing from the Par 3 contest. There was maybe a bit of adrenaline, mind over matter for me.

Finau ranks 11th in strokes gained: tee-to-green, 17th in strokes gained: approach-the-green and 22nd in strokes gained: total.

This will be the first Masters of his career. "I played competitive golf because I was able to watch him growing up". "Thanks for thoughts of concern, messages and prayers from all".

The Lehi resident posted a 4-under-par 68 in his first official tour of Augusta National, ending up tied with Matt Kuchar for second place, two strokes behind Jordan Spieth.

Tony Finau was able to begin his first round at the Masters in encouraging fashion just a day after suffering a weird injury during Wednesday's par-three contest. I knew there was going to be a lot of pressure on the foot.

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