Charlie Riedel, Associated Press
Our take: Tennis pro Webb Simpson's 2012 U.S. Open win has drawn a lot of attention, beating golfing great Tiger Woods, among others. Since his win, Webb has talked about his tense emotional state, but even more importantly, Webb's faith in God is what he credits with his spectacular performance. Known as a passionate Christian, Webb said, following his PGA Tour victory he'd "be stupid not to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, because it was tough out there and I was nervous, and I felt his presence all day."
A tense finish to the U.S. Open may have been difficult on Webb Simpson's emotions, but a boost to his prayer life.
"I probably prayed more the last three holes than I've ever done in my life," Simpson said after winning the tournament June 17. "It helped me stay calm and get in with 2-under ."
Simpson finished at 1-over for the tournament and left the course without ever holding the lead. But Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell faltered in their own final rounds, leaving Simpson with his first major title. He watched from the clubhouse as McDowell missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have tied Simpson.
"He knows that his hope is not in golf," said Ryan Carson, student pastor at Forest Hills Church in Charlotte, N.C., where Webb and his wife Dowd are members. "He knows that his hope is in the Lord, and that perspective, I think, has really kept him grounded."
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