4/7/2018 12:59:48 AM (GMT+3)

Short-term memory a big deal in golf, says Augusta title-contender

Short-term memory a big deal in golf, says Augusta title-contender

AUGUSTA, USA: Tony Finau shot a 74 in the second round of the 82nd Masters Tournament on Friday to stay in the hunt for a Green Jacket.

It was far from his best, but he wasn’t complaining.

“I’m not surprised about my play. The only thing I’m surprised about is how well my ankle has reacted from 48 hours ago,” said Finau.

The 2-over score kept Finau, who opened with a 68, right in the mix in the chase for a Green Jacket.

He was expecting to play well in his maiden appearance at Augusta National, then he hurt his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday afternoon.

“I didn’t think it was going to hold up this well, to be honest. I could barely walk yesterday morning. Going into the MRI test, I felt like I needed a cane. From that point to this point, the only thing that shocks me is how well I’ve been able to execute the shots given my foot," he said in an interview to www.masters.com.

The only gripe Finau had was that he couldn’t get putts to drop as he had on Thursday.

He got his only birdie of the second round on the 18th hole after hitting his 137-yard approach to 4 feet.

“In this game, you have to have short-term memory,” Finau said. “I hit a lot of good putts that just didn’t go in. I couldn't think too much about the ones that didn't go in. I felt really confident over it and I saw it go in and it went in. Short-term memory’s a big deal in this game. I’m happy that I had that going into that putt because I definitely could have been thinking miss, but I was pretty confident over it and as soon as I hit it, I knew it was in.” (Pic Credit: Augusta Masters)