Thursday, June 25

Umbrella Man to Caddie at Travelers Championship

(Courtesy of Travelers)


Anyone who has watched a recent golf telecast has probably heard Travelers’ umbrella man ask that question to the kiddos in the insurer’s TV spot. The friendly man sporting a snappy bowler also helps some stranded circus performers cross a lake and gives a pair of kids a ride on his umbrella when their bike breaks down.

Apparently, the whimsical commercial gave one PGA Tour player an idea as he waited out long weather delays last week at the U.S. Open.

“I could use a cheerful man like that on my bag,” he told ARMCHAIR GOLF, “especially if it rains. I like the part when he and the kids fly away on his umbrella. That’s so cool.”

The player asked not to be named, in case the new arrangement didn’t work out. Although he admitted it would be hard to miss the pair on the course.

“He’s still learning how to read a yardage book and rake a bunker,” the player said. “But if we have buckets of rain like at Bethpage last week, my little gray-suited friend has me covered in a big way.”

−The Armchair Golfer

(This is an ARMCHAIR GOLF spoof.)


Average Golfer said...

I've always been a little afraid of Umbrella Man. There, I said it.

Unknown said...

Are we sure that umbrella conforms to USGA standards? And, I agree with AG, Umbrella Man scares me a little too.

Charles Boyer said...

You know, they have insurance for umbrella men. Then you can worry about other ninjas.

The Armchair Golfer said...

I understand your concern, but he's really a decent fellow. Thanks a lot, Average Golfer. The USGA just opened an investigation.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Oops! Sorry, Average Golfer. Rather, Vince is to blame for the USGA inquiry. :)

Double Eagle said...

I can't believe there's another person like me who finds the huge umbrella guy a little unsettling.

He seems like a nice man, but I've always lived by the credo that I shouldn't trust a well-dressed person with a massively huge umbrella. Maybe I'm just paranoid, I don't know.