Tony Finau will decide his Masters fate this morning following an MRI scan on the ankle he disclocated on Wednesday celebrating a hole-in-one at the Par-3 contest.
Finau, watched by his wife and four children, set off at a gallop at the seventh hole after watching his ball roll across the green into the hole. All seemed innocent enough until he turned and continued to run backwards with his arms raised.
His left ankle gave way, taking his legs from under him. After trying to regain his feet he collapsed a second time before popping his ankle back in place.
The American left the course immediately for an X-ray which revealed no break, giving him hope of a miracle start in his first Masters at 12:43 pm (17:43 BST) alongside Bernhard Langer and Tony Ikeda.
The incident lit up Twitter, filling his feed with messages of support. He replied: “Crazy day. Thanks for thoughts of concern, messages and prayers from all. I’m optimistic.” Tom Watson became the oldest winner of the ceremonial contest at 68, shooting six under par playing alongside Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.
To complete a remarkable afternoon, Nicklaus allowed his grandson take his tee-shot at the last and was reduced to tears when Gary aced the hole. Had it counted it would have taken Nicklaus to six under, too.