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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 282
MASTERS WRAP TIGER IS A WORK IN PROGRESS There were glimpses of brilliance, intertwined with some “crap shots” in Tiger Woods’ first major appearance of his comeback to the game. TONY FINAU IS GOLF’S IRONMAN After dislocating his left ankle in a post-ace celebration during the Par-3 Contest on Wednesday, Tony Finau was expected to withdraw from the tournament. After doctors gave him the all clear just hours before his first round tee time, the big-hitting American strapped his ankle, refused painkillers and made his Masters debut. He opened with a four-under 68 and bettered that by two in the final round, rattling in six straight birdies on the back nine on Sunday afternoon for his 66 and a top-10 finish … all on a swollen ankle. “The hole-in-one was spectacular, following up by the most embarrassing moment in my life. But it is what it is,” Finau said. “I’ve got a lot of cool coverage from it, from people in the stands I never knew I had. “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.” The 14-time Major Champion left his best until last, completing the back nine of the final round in three under to post a 69 to finish one over and midfield. “I felt I hit it well enough off the tee to do some things, but I hit my irons awful for the week,” Woods said. “I didn’t put it together when I needed to for the entire week.” That said, he was happy to just be competing. “For a couple of years I’ve just been coming here just to eat (Champions dinner),” he said. “And now to be able to play this golf course and to be able to tee it up and play in the Masters, this is one of the greatest walks in all of golf. “I had missed it for the last couple of years, I hadn’t been able to play in it. “So now I’m glad I’m competing in this tournament, and to face the challenges out there. I missed it. I really did. I missed playing out here. I missed competing against these guys.”
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