The Masters, a tradition unlike any other, just gave us and injury unlike any other courtesy of Tony Finau. The 59th annual Masters Tournament Par-3 Contest was going quite nicely when Finau notched a hole-in-one. It doesn’t matter what level of golf is being played or how easy or difficult the course is, an ace is exciting to behold.
Finau, currently ranked 34th in the world, is not immune to this excitement.
Good grief, Tony Finau wrecked his ankle celebrating a hole in one pic.twitter.com/8o7JxVi3xQ
— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) April 4, 2018
Arizona Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica immediately comes to mind for those of us old enough to remember his unfortunate incident, but he is not alone.
Tony Finau stands alone because of the incredible way he’s been able to bounce back from nearly leaving his foot on the Augusta National green. San Francisco 49ers defensive back Ronnie Lott elected to have his pinkie finger amputated in order to return to the field of play. He has to be somewhere tipping his cap to Finau.
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
Finau quickly turned that optimism into action.
Not only did he stay in The Masters field after manually reconstructing his ankle when most everyone thought he would have to withdraw, he vaulted right to the top of the leader board. He is tied for second at (-4) after shooting a first round 68 that he himself describes as nearly miraculous.
As fast as the news cycle moves in this day and age it seemed like Finau’s injury was still something that he would never be able to live down. Instead, he’s flipped the script and made everyone once again focus on his play in one round.
Imagine if he makes the cut . . . imagine if he’s contending Sunday evening.