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Thursday 17 January 2019

Tony Finau shares picture of gruesome dislocated ankle injury at Masters after brilliant top 10 finish

Tony Finau celebrates hole in one and (inset) his dislocated ankle
Tony Finau celebrates hole in one and (inset) his dislocated ankle
Tony Finau celebrates hole in one and (inset) after he dislocated his ankle

Jack de Menezes

Tony Finau has revealed the full extent of the dislocated ankle that he suffered just one day before The Masters, with the American golfer successfully battling against the injury to finish a miraculous tied-10th at the weekend.

The 28-year-old Masters rookie stole the headlines for all the wrong reasons last Wednesday when, having scored a hole-in-one during the Par-Three competition at Augusta National Golf Club, he celebrated by running backwards down the fairway and slipped, dislocating his left ankle in the process.

Finau managed to pop the joint back into place and managed to finish his round before seeking treatment, and despite the sickening injury, he was in place to tee-off for The Masters on Thursday morning.

Finau dismissed fears he would not be able to compete by ending the first day in second place, and although his challenge faded over the course of the weekend, he reeled off a brilliant run of six straight birdies on the back nine on Sunday to move into the top 10 and guarantee himself a place at next year's Masters.

The result was enough to move him up to 32nd in the world rankings, two places higher than where he started the weekend, and he posted two images on Instagram to reveal the heavy bruising and swelling that he had to cope with throughout his four rounds.

He added: "What a week. Top 10 in my @TheMasters debut! It was an eventful week!

"Hole in One, Failed Celebration, Adversity, 2 rounds in the 60s, 2019 Masters invite, I believe we find out most about who we are through adversity.

"What a memorable week for me and my team! Proud of my team being up to the challenge to help me compete at a high level this week. Thanks to all who reached out with well wishes, until next year Augusta National!"

Finau was also quick to thank Game Ready and Stamina Pro Active Recovery Patches for helping him to recover in time to compete at The Masters.

Lining up his shot down the narrow seventh hole, Finau's ball trickled back from pitching to the right of the green and miraculously found the hole to spark wild celebrations from the Augusta patrons – including from his children who joined him for the round.

But as he sprinted down the fairway and ran backwards to soak up the adulation of the cheering fans, his left ankle buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor, having dislocated the joint.

Even more gruesomely, the 28-year-old then appeared to pop his ankle back into the joint and carried on to complete his round.

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