Golfer's hole-in-one celebration becomes grisly ankle turn

Ross Houston
April 5, 2018

Tony Finau injured his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Tournament at the Masters and then seemingly popped it back into place.

Gary Nicklaus Jr, grandson of six-time Masters champion Jack, was caddying for his grandfather - a common tradition at the event.

A tearful Nicklaus, who won 18 majors during his career, rated his grandson's ace the number one moment of his career.


But Watson's victory wasn't the only excitement in the group: Jack needed a hole in one on the 9th to tie Watson, but wasn't able to.

Watson made six birdies in nine holes to edge Tommy Fleetwood by a stroke and become the oldest player by six years to win the event (sixty-two-year-old Sam Snead won the event in 1974).

Asked afterward as he walked to the clubhouse at Augusta National how he felt, he only said, "I'm going to get it checked out". "Watching your grandson do something is pretty special", the 18-time major victor said.


"You always want the best for your kids and your grandkids and to watch a grandkid come along and knock in a hole-in-one on the biggest venue in the world. wow. It was a very special day, one I'll never forget".

"Seeing Tom at 68 putting the way he did was just a joy, and Jack at 78 shooting 4-under par, it was a day I'll never forget, " Player said. "For that to happen was just unbelievable".


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