-Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Christianity Today
Update (June 4, 2013):
According to CNN, several Professional Golf Assocation (PGA) stars including Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, and Stewart Cink gather for a weekly Bible study, bringing the champions together over faith.
“On the course and off the course, the Bible group is the invisible club in the bag,” CNN reports. “Some members pause midway through their rounds to read from the New Testament, meditate on holy scriptures and, of course, pray.”
Webb Simpson, who won the 2012 U.S. Open golf tournament, might be the newest member of the “holy hall of fame.”
His Twitter bio describes him as a “*sinner* loved by a Savior.”
Simpson, who trailed by four entering the final day of the 2012 U.S. Open, finished at 1-over-par 281 to beat Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell by one stroke. He studied religion at Wake Forest University and has hosted a Youth for Christ Challenge golf tournament.
“It was a cool day. I had a peace all day,” Simpson told reporters. “I probably prayed more on the last three holes than I’ve ever done in my life, and that kept me calm and got me home in 2 under.”
He won his first PGA Tour victory at the Wyndham Championship last August.
“I’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,” he told CBN.
In an interview with Beliefnet’s Chad Bonham, Simpson described how faith directly plays into golf ethics.