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Webb Simpson

Golfers are superstitious. I know that firsthand. My senior year of college golf, I would always, always shower before my round, eat two doughnuts and a banana on the way to the course, and listen to Coldplay in the van…that is, until I played poorly. Then I’d start a different routine. But I didn’t know golfers were this superstitious...

A glimpse into the mind of the 2012 U.S. Open champion, Webb Simpson... Webb Simpson had fallen into a trap, a spiritual and psychological snare. As he stood on the putting green before the final round of the 2011 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC—with a two-stroke lead, still winless on the PGA Tour with an opportunity to earn his first victory close to his hometown of Raleigh—he still had one foot stuck in the snare...

Some guy the other day looked at me and said, “Just pray about it.” I felt like he was telling me to shut up—like he was tired of listening to me or something. I was mad. Praying made me angry. In high school, I remember my dad telling me to apply to colleges. I told him God would lead me to the right one. I felt holy—like I was seeking “God’s direction” (isn’t that what they say in church?). So I picked up my PlayStation controller and built the most legendary dynasty the world had ever seen on Madden 2004. I think that made my dad angry...

Webb Simpson shot a six-under-par 65 for a 15-under-par 269 to win the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. The victory was his second win in three weeks. “I’m a big believer in prayer…” PGA rookie Webb Simpson told the largest room of reporters and television cameras he had ever faced in his young career. He had just earned his way into the national spotlight with a three-under 68 that placed him at the top of the leaderboard on the second day of the first FedEx Cup tournament of 2009. He would go on to finish eighth in a field that had some of the best and far more experienced players in golf...

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