Golfer near top of Masters leaderboard despite serious ankle injury

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AUGUSTA, GA- What would you do the day after rolling an ankle on the golf course? Lounging on the couch with an icepack? Not Tony Finau.

On the eve of his first Masters, he made a hole-in-one on the seventh hole of the Par 3 Tournament Wednesday, raced toward the green to celebrate and as he turned back toward the tee, his left ankle rolled. Finau went down, the ankle contorted, and he popped it into place. He wasn’t sure he could play until tests showed he was cleared to play.

And he played great, opening with a 68 despite a short par putt that he missed on the 14th hole.

“This is a moment I’ve dreamed of my whole life,” Finau said.

He’s tied for second place with Matt Kuchar at -4, two shots behind Jordan Spieth.

You can follow second round action at The Masters on Friday. Finau tees off at 8:36am St. Louis time, in a group with Bernhard Langer and Yuta Ikeda.

The Associated Press contributed information for this report