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Saturday, July 11 Business

Despite empty galleries, Traveler charity coffers fill with $1.6M

Despite PGA pros lining up shots before empty galleries and other pandemic limitations on the normal slate of activities at the Travelers Championship, the tournament announced it raised $1.6 million for Connecticut charities this year.

It was the lowest total for charitable fundraising at the Travelers Championship since 2015. Philanthropy from last year’s Travelers Championship totaled $2.1 million, surpassing the $1.8 million collected in 2018.

After a delay due to a powerful storm system late Sunday afternoon, Dustin Johnson closed out the tournament with two pars on the final holes to fend off Kevin Streelman by one stroke.

Since Travelers assumed title sponsorship in 2007 of the tournament at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, the Travelers Championship has generated more than $20 million for some 750 charitable organizations in the region, including about 100 this year to include the Boys & Girls Club of Milford, Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders and Foodshare.

Includes prior reporting by Joe Morelli.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-842-2545; @casoulman

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