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Dislocated Ankle No Problem for Golfer Tony Finau at Masters

"I look at myself as a pretty mentally tough person," the golfer said after shooting 4 under par despite a gruesome-looking stumble the day before

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    Dislocated Ankle No Problem for Golfer Tony Finau at Masters
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    Tony Finau plays his second shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Augusta, Georgia.

    Golfer Tony Finau was determined to make his first ever start this week at the Masters and nothing was going to hold him back — not even a dislocated ankle. 

    In one of the strangest stories at Augusta National Golf Club, Finau made a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Contest on Wednesday but dislocated his ankle while he was celebrating. Yet the injury didn't phase the 28-year-old, who popped his ankle back into place and walked it off.  And it didn't stop him from playing in the tournament on Thursday. 

    Finau went on to have a spectacular first round, shooting 68, 4 under par, and was even in the lead for a short time. He finished the first day in a tie for third place with fellow American Charley Hoffman and Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson. 

    Finau commented on the freak accident after the round, telling reporters that he was able to play better through the pain. 

    "I look at myself as a pretty mentally tough person," Finau told Newsday. "And I think I showed that today in my round, just able to put my head down and just play." 

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