Flashback: Tony Finau Dislocates Ankle And Finishes Top 10 At The Masters!

Finau posted these images of his ankle after the Masters

Tony Finau Dislocates Ankle
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Fair play to the American who managed a top-10 finish despite dislocating his ankle at the 2018 Masters

Flashback: Tony Finau Dislocates Ankle And Finishes Top 10 At The Masters!

Can you remember when Tony Finau had a major injury scare on Wednesday pre-Masters 2018 when he rolled his left ankle during the Par 3 Contest?

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Finau, who was at Augusta for his first Masters tournament, made a hole-in-one on the 7th and then looked to seriously injure himself in the celebration.

The long-hitting American ran half the length of the hole celebrating and then slipped, dislocated his left ankle out and immediately popped it back in.

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Finau runs and celebrates after acing the 7th during the par 3 contest

Tony Finau rolls his ankle as he celebrates his hole-in-one on the seventh hole during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

He dislocated his ankle and an X Ray on the Wednesday evening revealed no breaks.

Finau wrote on Twitter, "Crazy day. Thanks for thoughts of concern, messages and prayers from all. I'm optimistic."

He then had an MRI scan on Thursday morning which revealed no significant damage, although he was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain.

Finau tweeted his thoughts after his first Masters:

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Following on from his eventful Augusta National debut, he posted images of his injured left ankle.

Firstly, they're grim. And secondly... how on earth did he finish inside the top-10 with an ankle that bad?

Finau posted these pictures on his Instagram:

Watch the ace and celebration here (it's not for the faint-hearted):

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Finau finished the tournament at seven-under-par to qualify for the following year's edition. His T10 finish that week also moved him up to a new career-high 32nd in the world.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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