Rising Star Breakfast: Breakfast of Champions

May 31, 2016

Please join the MetroHartford Alliance for their Rising Star Breakfast "Breakfast of Champions" on Monday, June 20th. The breakfast will feature a 1-1 interview with Bubba Watson, winner of the 2015 Travelers Championship.

Watson has nine career PGA TOUR victories, with five of those wins coming since 2014. He’s won the Masters twice (2012 and 2014) and routinely contends in PGA TOUR events, earning 51 top-10 and 102 top-25 finishes in 240 career tournaments. He has also made more than $34 million in TOUR earnings in his career. So far this season, Watson won the Northern Trust Open and has three top-10s and four top-25s in eight events. In nine Travelers Championship appearances, Watson has finished in the top-six five times.

Both of his victories at TPC River Highlands came in playoffs, defeating top international golfer Paul Casey in 2015 and Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank in two playoff holes in 2010. Watson belted a 396-yard drive on the 72nd hole of the 2010 tournament — the longest drive in the 64-year tournament history — which is commemorated with a plaque in the 18th fairway where it happened.

We have 10 tickets to giveaway! Comment below with why you want to attend this Rising Star Breakfast by noon on Thursday, June 16th for your chance to win a ticket! All winners will be notified on the 16th via email.

The Rising Star Breakfast will be held on Monday, June 20th at the Marriott Hartford Downtown on 200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford. Registration and networking will begin at 7:30am and the program will start promptly at 8am. Tribune Media Connecticut and the Hartford Courant Media Group are the media sponsors. Don't want to wait and see if you get a free ticket? Visit the MetroHartford Alliance website to register.


  1. 6 Sarah Morin 31 May
    While attending HYPE's awesome Tee It Up for Charity event in 2012, my husband and I watched the practice tees from the tent deck and were inspired to name our soon-to-be-adopted dog Watson! He is 4 now, and we say 'Bubba' or 'Watson' several times a day in my house. :) But I really want to attend this event because Bubba is not only an inspiring athlete, he is a true family man - it would be interesting to hear his perspective on navigating the competitive world of sports while raising a family.
  2. 5 Graham Kist 31 May
    It will be great to hear the dedication required to become that kind of champion. People who are "overnight" successes never really are, they put in hours, days, or effort beforehand. I would love to hear his story.
  3. 4 Christina Lumbreras 01 Jun
    I would love to listen in on this interview and meet Bubba Watson!
  4. 3 Lily Smith 07 Jun
    I have been to the Travelers Championship the past 2 years and loved seeing Bubba play. I am a big fan of Bubba and his story. I would love to meet him and learn more about his success.
  5. 2 Alex Koenigsberg 09 Jun
    I always love the Traveler's breakfast!!
  6. 1 Ray Lilley 15 Jun
    I've always been a fan of Bubba because he is a self-taught superstar who has been through some difficult times, on and off the golf course. It took him until he was 31 to win his first tournament and he struggled very much before finally breaking through. I saw a recent interview with Bubba where he spoke about his high anxiety and his many "mental issues". For a professional golfer, I found this very interesting because of the mental strength needed to play a sport like golf. He talked about his fear of crowds and people in general. I couldn't help but wonder if this was the reason for his struggles early in his career and I would like to hear from him about how he overcame or how he deals with those fears to be so successful on the PGA Tour. He also has many off the course successes including his annual "Bubba Bash", a candy store, and his "Golf Boys" boy band. I would like to hear how he is able to juggle everything off the course with his on the course success along with how he goes about the businesses ventures.


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