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Tom Brady checks in with Tony Finau during Masters delay

The Bucs quarterback tells the golfer “great playing” and says he was surprised the tournament was stopped for a rain storm.
Tony Finau reacts to a missed putt on the sixth hole during the third round of the Masters on Saturday.
Tony Finau reacts to a missed putt on the sixth hole during the third round of the Masters on Saturday. [ GREGORY BULL | AP ]
Published Apr. 11
Updated Apr. 11

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Golfer Tony Finau received a special message during the third-round weather delay at the Masters on Saturday.

Finau, who was 3 under when the delay was called at close to 4 p.m., got a surprise motivational FaceTime call from Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.

Finau was waiting out the rain in the caddie house when Augusta National member Jimmy Dunne handed Finau his cellphone with Brady’s call.

“That was a pleasant surprise,” Finau said. “(Brady) said, ‘Great playing’ and he was following. He was surprised we stopped. He said in the NFL when it rains you don’t stop. I let him know, ‘Yeah, maybe we’re not as tough as you guys,’ but he said, ‘No, that’s not the case.’ We had a good laugh about that.”

Finau said he met Brady in 2017 when Brady was with the Patriots. https://twitter.com/homeFinau, from Salt Lake City, said he grew up a Cowboys fan but now mostly cheers for individual NFL players.

Finau didn’t say whether Brady gave him a pep talk.

The delay lasted 77 minutes.

After play resumed, Finau finished at 1-over 73 and was eight shots behind leader Hideki Matsuyama.

Information from ESPN was used in this report.

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