Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Bubba Watson donates $200,000 of winner's check to support children facing serious illnesses

A day after winning the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., Bubba Watson gave back a good chunk of his $1.26 million winner’s check.

The victory was the third of Watson’ career at TPC River Highlands, a course he knows so well he said, “I feel like this is my home course.”

Because he feels at home and because he’s a generous human being, Watson donated $200,000 right back to the Travelers Championship on Monday. That amount brings the tournament’s total to exactly $2 million for charity.

“It is such an honor to be a part of this tournament,” Watson said. “They’ve always made me feel like family. Every year they’re making improvements, making the tournament better, growing the charitable donations, doing more for the families, caddies, fans. I can’t say enough about how impressive this tournament is and how much they impact the community by giving back.”

Watson’s money will support The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which provides camp experiences for children facing serious illnesses and impacts more than 20,000 children and family members each year. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is the tournament’s primary beneficiary.

“Bubba is a tremendous person with a huge heart, and this unbelievable gesture is a demonstration of how much he cares about others,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Travelers. “On behalf of everyone at Travelers, I want to thank him and his family for their ongoing support of our goal of raising more money for charity.”

Of course, this isn’t the first significant financial donation Watson has given. To name a few, there was $1.6 million to The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, a total of $350,000 to flood victims, and $410,000 to Birdies for the Brave after he sold his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster.

Watson says he sees that “golf is just an avenue for Jesus to use me to reach as many people as I can.”

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” — Acts 20:35

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