Tony Finau dislocates ankle in Par-3 Contest; X-rays negative

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Masters rookie Tony Finau stunningly defied the freak ankle injury he suffered on the eve of the tournament while celebrating a hole-in-one by grabbing the surprise first-round clubhouse lead on Thursday.

The 28-year-old quickly popped the ankle back in - look away in the video below if you're squeamish - before gingerly limping back down the fairway. "I was able to finish [the Par 3 Contest] because I wanted to know if I'm going to be able to play today".

"To see him do what he did, I could relate to him", Finau told ESPN.

Finau was one of Heavy's sleepers to contend in the 2018 Masters. "Thanks for thoughts of concern, messages and prayers from all".

Tiger Woods has his first birdie at the Masters in almost three years.

Tony Finau has been cleared to play at the Masters after receiving an MRI on his dislocated left ankle Thursday morning.

It is understood the world number 34 required treatment following the completion of his round.

"This championship will become an exciting addition to Masters Week, and it furthers our effort to promote the sport and inspire young women to take up the game", Ridley said.

The 11-times PGA Tour victor finished the very first round at three-over-par seventy five after blending five bogeys using 2 birdies. It was easy for me to stay in the moment, and I think it masked the pressure a little bit.

"I hit a ideal shot, I got very excited when it went in, adrenaline took in and I started running". It's the only tournament I watch on TV, and I watch it all four days.