Tony Finau dis­cusses play­ing through pain.

How did Tony Finau fin­ish the Masters?

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - —RON KASPRISKE

Watch­ing the video of golfer Tony Finau par­tially dis­lo­cat­ing a left-an­kle bone – and then re­ori­ent­ing it – while play­ing in the Masters Par-3 Con­test might be as fas­ci­nat­ing as it is macabre. Es­pe­cially know­ing what we know now. It was one thing for Finau (above) to stand up and hob­ble off the course af­ter hurt­ing him­self cel­e­brat­ing a hole-in-one; it was a whole other thing to come back the next day and shoot a four-un­der-par 68 in the first round of the tour­na­ment.

Finau re­turned for the fi­nal three rounds, too, and some­how fin­ished tied for 10th on an an­kle that looked like it was hob­bled by Kathy Bates in “Mis­ery.”

“Hon­estly, I don’t know how I did it. It was a mir­a­cle,” Finau says.“Three weeks af­ter the Masters, I was still strug­gling with that an­kle. My trainer (Stu­art Love) de­serves a lot of credit for keep­ing the swelling down.”

Like most train­ers would do, Love sta­bilised Finau’s an­kle with tape. But not just stan­dard trainer’s tape. Finau is among a grow­ing num­ber of pros who have tried the ad­he­sive patches from Stam­i­naPro. Its mak­ers say that the patches are charged with elec­trons cap­tured from 200 nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents such as Omega-3 fatty acids, an­tiox­i­dants andVi­ta­min D – all be­lieved to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and help speed re­cov­ery from in­juries. Justin Rose is listed on the com­pany’s web­site as an en­dorser along with Tiger Woods’ for­mer coach Sean Fo­ley and PGATour trainer Craig Davies.

“I can’t think of a ther­a­pist on tour who isn’t us­ing it,” Davies says.“It works amaz­ingly on acute con­di­tions like lig­a­ment sprains, arthri­tis, mus­cle strains. It’s less quick on ten­don is­sues, as older in­juries don’t draw out the elec­trons as fast.”

Finau says he had never tried the tape be­fore the Masters but has used it nearly every day since.“I’m a big be­liever in it,” he says.“It re­ally keeps the sore­ness down. I feel dif­fer­ent when it’s not on my an­kle.”

One patch, which ad­heres to the skin at the site where you feel pain, is sup­posed to last 24 hours, the web­site says. A pack­age of 24 medium-size patches is $36, and a pack­age of 48 in var­i­ous sizes is $90.

“I had to make a lot of ad­just­ments to play that week,” Finau says.“I was hit­ting more off my back foot and get­ting ice and com­pres­sion for the an­kle as much as I could. But there’s no doubt the tape helped.”

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