HARTFORD, Conn., June 24, 2020 – PGA TOUR pro J.J. Spaun knocked his shot 19 inches from the pin, close enough to win the 11th annual The Umbrella at 15 ½ Challenge, the highlight of Tuesday’s Travelers Championship practice round at TPC River Highlands.
Spaun’s shot earned $10,000 for the charity of his choice on behalf of Travelers, and he selected the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to receive the donation.
Thirty of the 63 players who chose to participate landed a ball on The Umbrella at 15 ½, the 40-foot-long floating green in the shape of the Travelers red umbrella logo. The Umbrella at 15 ½ is located in the pond at TPC River Highlands between holes 15 and 16.
The other players placing the ball on the green after the 85-yard shot were Ryan Armour, Sam Burns, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Greg Chalmers, Kevin Chappell, Wyndham Clark, Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Every, Tony Finau, Brice Garnett, Lanto Griffin, James Hahn, J.J. Henry, Charley Hoffman, Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Peter Malnati, Graeme McDowell, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew NeSmith, Adam Schenk, Cameron Smith, Jordan Spieth, Sepp Straka, Sahith Theegala, Kevin Tway, Richy Werenski, Matthew Wolff and Xinjun Zhang.
Previous winners of The Umbrella at 15 ½ Challenge include Justin Rose, Chad Campbell, Ricky Barnes, Ben Kohles, Richard H. Lee, Graham DeLaet, Brian Gay, John Huh, Lanto Griffin and Michael Kim.
About the Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship, held in Cromwell, Connecticut, is one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR and part of the FedExCup series. Named by the PGA TOUR in 2017 and 2018 as the recipient of the “Players Choice” award, the Travelers Championship proudly supports the TOUR’s Tradition of Giving Back by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charities. Travelers, a leading provider of property and casualty insurance for auto, home and business, is the Official Property Casualty Insurance Provider of the PGA TOUR. The company became the tournament’s title sponsor in 2007. Travelers has been doing business in the Hartford community for more than 160 years and has been a corporate sponsor of this event each year since its inception in 1952. Complete details are available at www.TravelersChampionship.com.