Finau had a 7 a.m. ET appointment for an MRI that would render a final verdict on his chances to play in his first Masters. "Just able to put my head down and play".
The slippage started when Woods pushed his drive at the par-4 11th way right.
"A pretty embarrassing moment", he said. "By the end of the week, this will be a pretty packed leaderboard the way the golf course is set up".
In a split second, Finau understood his lifelong dream of playing in the Masters was at risk.
Garcia's feat was reminiscent of the movie "Tin Cup" in which Roy McAvoy, played by Kevin Costner, repeatedly hits shot after shot into the water until he gets it right.
The 2015 Masters champion birdied five straight holes beginning at the 13th, pushing his score to 7 under with a couple of holes to play.
The 42-year-old Englishman was the last player to qualify for the first major of the year, winning last weekend's Houston Open in a playoff after sinking a 20-foot birdie on the 72nd hole.
American golfer Tony Finau quickly turned a once-in-a-lifetime sporting highlight into a blooper reel classic when he dislocated his ankle while celebrating a hole-in-one during the Masters par-three tournament.
By late morning, Finau was on the practice range and appeared to be testing the left ankle, carefully working it back and forth, before hitting easy wedges. Sergio Garcia is the defending champion.
But in 2003, Mike Weir became the first lefty to win the Masters, and lefties followed with seven more major victories - five for Phil Mickelson, two for Bubba Watson - in the next 15 years.
A contingent at 3-under included a player with experience near the top of an early Masters leaderboard.
Hoffman made early waves a year ago with a first-round 65 before finishing in a tie for 22nd.
"I saw where it was and I knew where it needed to be", Finau said, eliciting laughter in the press room. And I fought hard to get it back in there, and I'm back in this championship.