Finau optimistic for Masters after ankle injury

GETTYFinau continued to celebrate with his family despite the fall

GETTYFinau continued to celebrate with his family despite the fall

Finau badly twisted his left ankle as he celebrated a hole-in-one in the exhibition event and had to go to hospital for X-rays.

Tony Finau was cleared to tee off at the Masters less than 24 hours after popping his dislocated ankle back into place during the pre-tournament par-three contest.

Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley hinted Wednesday that the par-5 13th, a 510-yard hole known as Azalea, could be super-sized down the road.

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.

During the Masters Par-3 contest on Wednesday, Finau ignited the crowd by burying a hole-in-one.

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She played nearly flawless tennis to snap up four points in a row and allow her opponent just one point, closing it out 7-1. Ostapenko, 20, became the youngest finalist in Miami since Azarenka won the title in 2009 when she was aged 19.

Tony Finau is on the course at Augusta National, playing on a badly sprained left ankle. Matt Parziale, a former mini-tour player turned firefighter who captured the U.S. Mid-Am, has become one of the more captivating stories at this year's Masters.

Shortly after returning from the hospital he posted on Twitter: "Crazy day". "I was able to finish [the Par 3 Contest] because I wanted to know if I'm going to be able to play today". Thanks for thoughts of concerns, messages and prayers from all.

Certainly, no one took a more harrowing path to the Masters.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia put five balls in the water on No. 15 for 8-over-par 13 on the hole, derailing his tournament just as it began.