Finau optimistic for Masters after ankle injury

Tony Finau

Tony Finau

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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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.