Masters 2018: Tony Finau hits four under par despite sleepless night after suffering gruesome dislocating ankle

TONY FINAU stormed onto the leaderboard at the Masters – on one foot.

The big-hitting Finau dislocated his ankle when his celebration after a hole in one during Wednesday’s par three competition went horribly wrong.

 Tony Finau has made it to four under par, despite dislocating ankle

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Tony Finau has made it to four under par, despite dislocating ankle
 Tony Finau tripped and dislocated ankle after celebrating hole in one

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Tony Finau tripped and dislocated ankle after celebrating hole in one

He started running down the fairway backwards to let his children catch up to him, and suddenly his foot went out from under him, sticking out at right angles as his ankle gave way.

Finau looked down and snapped the joint back into place himself — and then played the final hole!

He went for physiotherapy and a MRI scan before deciding he was fit enough to make his Augusta debut.

A bogey at the opening hole sounded a few alarm bells – but it certainly did not seem to be bothering him as he rattled off five birdies to take over at the top of the leaderboard as he walked off the 13th green.

Golfer Tony Finau hits a hole in one and then dislocates his ankle in the celebration during Masters warm-up week

 Tony Finau pops ankle back into place after dislocating it

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Tony Finau pops ankle back into place after dislocating it

Finau bogeyed the 14th but got that shot back on the next hole and finished with a mind-boggling four under par 68.

Finau was able to smile at his mishap. He said: “It was a freaky incident — I maybe went a little over the top with my celebration!

“It was pretty scary for me. To say it was a scary night is a frightening understatement. Didn’t sleep very much and just thought about how I would react today.

“To be where I am now is nothing short of a miracle. I tried not to think about it too much, tried to let my mind take over.

 Tony Finau believes it is a miracle he is even able to compete in Masters

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Tony Finau believes it is a miracle he is even able to compete in Masters

"Before I played and when I teed off I told myself ‘this is my first masters, let’s have some fun today. The way it went is pretty remarkable for me.”

His performance revived memories of Tiger Woods’ incredible feat in winning the 2008 US Open with a ruptured knee tendon and two stress fractures in his leg.

There is a long way to go for Finau to match that feat – but he is clearly made of stern stuff too.

The packed leaderboard also features Chinese star Haotong Li, who is bidding to complete an incredible hat-trick.

The last two Masters champions – Sergio Garcia and Danny Willett – both captured the Dubai Desert Classic title before winning at Augusta.

Li, 21, won the same title after an epic final round battle with Rory McIlor. Like Finau, he is playing in his first Masters – but his three under par 69 suggests it would be crazy to rule out his chances of maintaining the Dubai connection.

TONY FINAU stormed onto the leaderboard at the Masters – on one foot.