Besides Patrick Reed, Tony Finau may have had the craziest Masters week of anybody. Tony was geared up for his first ever Masters and to turn his name into a household one. I am going to take you through the timeline of his week just to show how crazy of a roller coaster ride it was for young Tony Finau.
— Tony Finau Golf (@tonyfinaugolf) April 3, 2018
Tony Finau plays his first ever round of golf at Augusta National. This already makes it one of the craziest weeks of his life. Any golfer who gets to play at Augusta will never forget the first time they step foot on those hallowed grounds.
At the Tuesday practice round Tony Finau got to meet THE 811 from Hash Sports!!
Look at that smile he’s flashing in my general direction. We instantly became the best of friends. This was by far the most momentous part of his week.
The Par-3 contest is normally the most relaxed day of the week. It’s a time to have some fun and loosen up before the tournament begins. The coolest part of the Par-3 contest is seeing guys knock in some hole in one’s. It being Tony’s first Par-3 contest he must’ve really wanted one. And he got one… oh did he get one.
Hits hole-in-one at The Maters Dislocates his ankle
Pops it back in
Waves to crowd
— 12up (@12upSport) April 4, 2018
When I saw this on Twitter on Wednesday I was in disbelief. I thought it must’ve been some sort of optical illusion. No way did this professional athlete dislocate his ankle backpedaling, and if he did, no way does that same man pop his ankle back in, in the middle of Augusta National. However, both things were true for Tony Fins.
Indeed @tonyfinaugolf did dislocate his left ankle today during the Par 3 contest but immediately put it back in place. X-rays tonight revealed no breaks. Will have an MRI tomorrow morning. If results are positive and swelling is under control will try to play @TheMasters.
— Todd Lewis (@ToddLewisGC) April 5, 2018
Christ almighty. Might not even be able to play in his first Masters because he celebrated a hole in one in a practice round too hard.
Now not only does Tony Fins decide to play Thursday, but he shoots a 4-under 68 and is tied for the lead after his first round at the Masters.
It was "nothing short of a miracle" for Tony Finau on Thursday.
— Golfweek (@golfweek) April 6, 2018
— Jonah Javad (@JonahJavad) April 5, 2018
It wasn’t as good of a day for Tony on Friday. He went 2 over, but that still left him at -2 on the tournament so he was somewhat in the mix going into the weekend. And to be honest based on where his ankle was 48 hours earlier, just making the cut is crazy impressive.
Another pretty average day for Tony. He had a 1-over 73 which put him at -1 for the tournament. At this point he is not realistically in contention to win the tournament and people had kind of forgotten about him.
Tony Fins is BACK. He comes out and plays well on the front nine going 1 under par. Then Tony really locks in. He birdies SIX holes in a row from 12-17 and had a good look on 18 to tie the Masters record for consecutive birdies. He finishes Sunday 6-under which put him at 7-under for the tournament.
That 7-under score put him in a good enough spot to tie for 10th place in his first career Masters. Considering his inexperience and what we saw happen to his ankle on Wednesday, this was an unbelievable result. The biggest part of finishing in the Top 10 is it secures him an invitation to the 2019 Masters. I also had him in my Masters pool and his Sunday performance pushed me into third place which meant I got my money back so S/O Tony.
The craziest part of all of this came out on Monday. The ankle thing really added to Tony’s story line and him popping his ankle back in was really cool, but I figured since he played all weekend it really couldn’t have been that bad of an injury. Then on Monday Tony dropped this on his Instagram story:
Give Tony Finau credit, he finished Top 10 in his first Masters with his ankle looking like *this*
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 9, 2018
DEAR GOD. That is one of the grossest things I’ve ever seen. It looks like his ankle just went 10 rounds with prime Tyson. Beaten to an absolute pulp. The real question is which of Tiger’s painkillers Tony got hooked up with because there is no chance you could play on that ankle without some pharmaceutical assistance. (Hit my line Tony)
Overall, really awesome week for a guy that I think will continue to make noise this season and beyond.
What a week 💯 Top 10 in my @TheMasters debut! It was an eventful week!
Hole in One ✔️
Failed Celebration ✔️
2 rounds in the 60s ✔️
2019 Masters invite ✔️
I believe we find out most about who we are through adversity.
Thanks for the well wishes all week! pic.twitter.com/HEHQPZ0CYW
— Tony Finau Golf (@tonyfinaugolf) April 9, 2018
Tony Fins Forever.