You can't make this stuff up - Finau savours roller-coaster Masters

Tony Finau said injuring his ankle was the most embarrassing moment of his life but on the flip side he got "a lot of cool coverage".

Tony Finau acknowledges the crowd at Augusta   -  Getty Images

Tony Finau said you could not make up the story of his week at Augusta after he recovered from a freak ankle injury to secure a top-10 Masters finish.

Finau dislocated his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the par-three contest on Wednesday, before seemingly popping it back into place.

The 28-year-old American was cleared to make his debut in the first major of the year and remarkably took the lead during the opening round.

Finau finished with a flourish on Sunday, birdying six of the last seven holes to secure a share of 10th with Dustin Johnson, and the world number 32 was thrilled to end a dramatic week on a high note.

"To be on the back nine at Augusta on a Sunday, to be playing some good golf, it doesn't get much better," Finau said.

"One of the highlights of my golfing career thus far has been this week. The adversity I was faced with on Wednesday, and now the way I finished, you know, you can't make this stuff up."

He added: "I guess you could say I was in the zone, to finish that way,

"I hit the fairways I needed to, especially on the par-5s. I hit some great shots and made some great putts. Very, very pleased with the way I finished. I really put my head down.

"The hole-in-one was spectacular, following up by the most embarrassing [moment] in my life. But it is what it is. I've got a lot of cool coverage from it.

"The reach from what happened to me was pretty incredible. I wouldn't change that. Yes, I was embarrassed, but hey, things happen. And obviously I was able to overcome it.

"Who knows, if I'm healthy, if I played better, if I played worse. All I know is that I did my best for the circumstance that I had, and came out with a nice finish this week."