“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.”
Simpson, who trailed by four entering the final day, 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.
(The website describes the tournament this way:
The Youth For Christ Challenge is a fun and inspiring time for all that are involved. Whether you just love to play golf in a competitive but fun atmosphere, enjoy hanging out for a weekend in Pinehurst, NC with other high school guys, or want to hang out with Webb and hear him share stories about his shank last year in Greensboro or his second win in the Deutsche Bank Championship, this challenge is for you. We invite you to join us November 16th-18th, 2012 at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club for a challenge that is unlike any other tournament around.)
“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.” [Editor’s note: the original URL (link) referenced is no longer valid, so the link has been removed.]
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.