‘Embarrassing’ injury Tony Finau suffered while celebrating couldn’t keep him from shining...

‘Embarrassing’ injury Tony Finau suffered while celebrating couldn’t keep him from shining early at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tony Finau’s last two days included a little bit of everything: Pain. Embarrassment. Concern. Relief. Determination. Excitement.

The 28-year-old American with Samoan roots battled through a severely sprained ankle and shot a 4-under 68 in the opening round at the Masters. How he injured it was somewhat comical, albeit painful to watch. How he overcame it was downright extraordinary.

“You can’t make that up,” he said.

It was one of the best — certainly most unpredictable — story lines of the tournament’s first day.


Tony Finau waves on the 18th green during the first round of the Masters on April 5.

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