UPDATE No. 2 (8:30 a.m. ET, April 5): It looks like Finau will play after all!
UPDATE No. 1 (10:20 p.m. ET, April 4): Per Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, Finau will have an MRI on Thursday morning and still looks to play the Masters.
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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tony Finau walked off the ninth hole at Augusta National’s Par 3 Course gingerly and declined interview requests.
He did mouth a telling line to a passerby, though: “We’ll see.”
For the Finau faithful, it was a frightening Wednesday at Augusta National and now likely a nervous wait overnight.
The 28-year-old came to the par-3 seventh in Wednesday’s Par 3 Contest and posted a hole-in-one. It was a great moment with a wild celebration.
But it all took an unfortunate turn when, while celebrating the ace, Finau fell and seemed to roll his left ankle hard in the process.
It was a great moment turned gruesome. To Finau’s credit, he did at least walk the remaining three holes of the Par 3 Contest.
But his status for Thursday has been put into question.
It was just last year that Dustin Johnson fell down stairs the day before the Masters and was forced to withdraw with a back injury.
It’s possible Finau may face a similar fate Thursday or will play but is hampered by injury. He could also be totally fine.
We know nothing for sure now. All we can currently say is a lovely Masters week for Finau has taken an unforeseen turn.
We’ll update when we have more information. For now, Finau is scheduled to tee off his opening round of the Masters on Thursday at 12:43 p.m. Eastern.