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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tony Finau’s biggest career milestone hit a new high Wednesday afternoon.
But boy, did it hurt.
Finau rolled up a hole-in-one during the Par-3 competition. But as the Rose Park native ran down the short fairway to celebrate his achievement, he stumbled.
Finau fell briefly to his knees as his left ankle appeared to buckle under his weight. He stood up and limped back to the tee box, gingerly putting weight on his ankle after appearing to pop it back into place.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound golfer ranked No. 34 in the world qualified for his first Masters tournament this season. Finau, currently lives in Lehi and has earned just over $2 million in PGA Tour winnings in 2018.
Finau finished the final three holes of the Par-3 Contest. But when asked about his ankle, he quietly mouthed the words "we'll see" to spectators as he headed off the course following his round, according to Golfweek magazine.
Representatives from Finau's camp told KSL's Rod Zundel that the 28-year-old golfer has been diagnosed with a minor sprain, and his father Kelepi is hopeful that Tony will be able to compete — albeit it with soreness — during Thursday's opening round of the Masters.
Crazy day. Thanks for thoughts of concern, messages and prayers from all. I'm optimistic. https://t.co/m9y5T1a9Uy— Tony Finau Golf (@tonyfinaugolf) April 5, 2018
X-rays looking for a break or structural damage in the ankle were negative Wednesday evening, Finau's golf coach Boyd Summerhays told the Deseret News.
“The X-ray was negative, so that was good,” Summerhays said. “He’ll have an MRI at 7 a.m. tomorrow and then it will be a ‘game-time’ decision.”
He’s scheduled to tee off Thursday at 10:43 MDT in group 22 with Germany’s Bernhard Langer and Japan’s Yuta Ikeda.
Tom Watson won the Par-3 contest late with a score of 6. Former BYU golfer Mike Weir finished three shots back.