PGA TOUR WINNER
Tony Finau’s first Masters appearance in April of 2018 started off just as the realization of any long-standing dream should have. Enjoying the historic venue, the excitement that comes with the first major of the year, and practice rounds with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Vijay Singh. “Walking around that place, knowing I would be teeing it up for the first time, it was extremely cool.”
Tony’s dream continued into Wednesday with the famed Par 3 Contest, a tradition that draws much attention prior to the actual tournament. On the 7th hole with a full crowd watching and his family in tow, Tony’s tee shot landed on the green and spun back towards the hole, rolling in for an ace.
Tony ran down the fairway in celebration with arms high in the air, turning around for a moment to look back at his wife and kids standing on the tee – and then it happened. Running backwards, Tony’s left ankle abruptly gave way to a gruesome dislocation, immediately taking him to the ground. In a combination of awe, shock, and collectedness, Tony proceeded to gingerly place his ankle joint back into place as if putting a shoe back on that had just fallen off.
“I had so much adrenaline when I hit the hole-in-one that when my ankle rolled out I wasn’t in much pain, to be honest.” Doing his best to keep it cool and walk off the fall, he continued to play. “I played the last two holes because I was anxious to see how it felt.” Immediately after completing the last two holes, Tony’s trainer wrapped his ankle with multiple STAMINAPRO patches. But the true test would come the following morning before Tony was set to take the stage at 12:43pm for his first-round tee time.
“The pain was 10 out of 10 on the Thursday morning,
and I thought my chances of playing were pretty much gone.”
Fortunately for Tony, his tee time wasn’t until the afternoon, giving him time to run additional tests and get treatment. “The worst pain was Wednesday night and the following morning,” Tony recalled. “When it was time to get up in the morning to get an MRI and an X-ray, I couldn’t walk or put any weight on my left foot. My manager had to help me down the stairs and into the car. In retrospect, I can’t imagine how much worse it would have been if my ankle wasn’t covered in STAMINAPRO patches.” After the medical results came back clear, Tony and his team knew the choice to play was now up to Tony.
“I was told it was up to my pain threshold whether I could play,
and at that point I knew I wanted to give it a go.”
At that time, STAMINAPRO Active Recovery Patches were a revolutionary, yet new product in the sports and athletic world. Fortunately for Tony, his team was already familiar with STAMINAPRO’s unique ability to reduce inflammation. Tony’s trainer, Dr. Stuart Love, along with several other trainers on the TOUR had been working with STAMINAPRO over the prior year, providing feedback during STAMINAPRO’s final phases of R&D.
Tony wore STAMINAPRO patches for the remainder of the tournament to drastically reduce the pain and to keep the inflammation down, allowing him to focus on play over pain as much as possible. “Honestly, I don’t know how I did it. It was a miracle,” added Tony. “I had three STAMINAPRO patches around my foot and two up my Achilles.”
STAMINAPRO patches last for up to 24 hours, and can be used proactively before activity to reduce inflammation caused by exertion. For Tony, STAMINAPRO was an ideal product that he could wear each day he competed as opposed to traditional therapies that are limited to before and after play only.
“The pain level was way worse when the patches were off
and I don’t think people realize how much of a difference they can make”
Now Tony won’t leave home without his STAMINAPRO patches. “STAMINAPRO patches shined bright for me during my craziest week on a golf course and they just flat-out worked,” said Tony. Many thought it was a miracle that Tony was even able to play, not to mention shoot 68 on the first day and be at the top of the leaderboard at one point. On Sunday, he finished with a blistering streak of six straight birdies to remarkably secure a top-10 finish and a guaranteed invite to the 2019 tournament.
His praise of STAMINAPRO continues: “I’m a big believer in STAMINAPRO, it really keeps the soreness and inflammation down. I feel different when it’s not on my ankle.” The extraordinary set of circumstances has catapulted STAMINAPRO and its Active Recovery Patches into the market and to rapidly becoming a trusted name amongst athletes, trainers and doctors.