HARTFORD, Conn., August 6, 2016 – Friday marked the second round of competition at the Travelers Championship. The day was filled with blue skies, red umbrellas and low scores, and fans got in free from noon through the end of the day if they presented an edition of the Hartford Courant.
Four players ended the second round tied at the top of the leaderboard with a total score of 7-under-par – Tyrone Van Aswegen, Daniel Berger, Russell Henley and 2012 Travelers Championship winner Marc Leishman. Six shots separate the leaders from the cut line, which was 1-under-par. Blayne Barber’s 64 was the lowest score of the day, leaving him tied for ninth place, two strokes behind the leaders.
The Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner was held in the evening at the Connecticut Convention Center, hosted by World Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Watson, best-selling author John Feinstein and Travelers Executive Chairman of the Board Jay Fishman.
A total of 116 tables were sold at $10,000 each for the event, raising more than $1.1 million for the Bruce Edwards Foundation, which is focused on researching a cure for ALS. . In addition, Bubba Watson donated $100,000 and Brian Gay contributed $10,000, which he won during the tournament’s closest to the pin competition at The Umbrella at 15 1/2.
Attendees included dignitaries from Travelers, the Travelers Championship, the state of Connecticut and the PGA TOUR. Edwards family members, golf fans and a number of TOUR players, including Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington and Hunter Mahan, were there to show their support.
Taking part in the speaking portion of the event was Tom Watson, Feinstein, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz, and Jay Fishman, the Executive Chairman of the Board at Travelers who announced a year ago that he had been diagnosed with ALS.