AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tony Finau will play on, despite a hole-in-one celebration gone horribly wrong.
Finau’s ace on the par-3 seventh during the Masters Tournament Par-3 Contest on Wednesday was a thing of beauty: flew the ball by the hole, pulled the string to back it up and watched it jam back some 30 feet straight into the cup.
So excited was Finau that he took off in a dead sprint, first forward, then backward, and that’s when it went wrong.
Finau’s left ankle buckled, he fell to the ground, and as he got up it appeared that he actually had to pop his ankle back into place.
Tony Finau just:
• Sank a hole-in-one.
• Celebrated accordingly.
• Dislocated his ankle while celebrating.
• Popped it back into place.
What a wild moment at #TheMasters Par 3 Contest.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 4, 2018
Amazingly, Finau showed little sign of injury, as he finished his round – two more holes – without a noticeable limp.
Asked afterward as he walked to the clubhouse at Augusta National (again, without a noticeable limp) how he felt, he only said, “I’m going to get it checked out.” From there, he was ushered into the clubhouse without further comment.
Late Wednesday, the Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis reported Finau did, in fact, dislocate his ankle. Pending an MRI Thursday morning, Finau would try to play, according to Lewis.
Thursday morning, Finau had the MRI and, according to ESPN’s Marty Smith, will give it a go. He tees off at 12:43 ET.
You can now add Finau to the lore that is the Curse of the Masters Tournament Par-3 Contest.
The contest has been held every year since 1960. And exactly zero times has the winner gone on to win the actual Masters Tournament. The streak will continue this year, as 68-year-old Tom Watson won the Par-3 and will not be playing in the Masters.
Finau, the 34th ranked player in the world, was pegged at 80-1 to win. That was before the fall. The question now: Can he walk 18 holes Thursday?
More from Yahoo Sports:
• Coach asks NFL prospect: What if I punched you?
• Yankees fans boo Stanton during his 5-strikeout game
• Are Pats and Lamar Jackson a match made in heaven?
• Dan Wetzel: The bromance of Phil and Tiger