US Open Champ Simpson: Prayer Kept Me Calm

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U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson said it was prayer that calmed his nerves and allowed him to win his first major golf championship, Sunday.

Simpson, 26, was six strokes behind at one point on the course pro golfers call the "Graveyard of Champions."

He did put a string of birdies together, then made eight straight pars coming in. At the 18th hole, he was close enough to finish with a par and a 68.

But then came the agonizing wait.

Former champion Graeme McDowell missed a birdie putt on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff. That allowed Simpson and his expectant wife to celebrate in the club house.

"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," Simpson said in an interview with "CBS Sports."

Simpson also said he was "amazed" by his win and that he felt "the Lord telling me just to be patient all year."

Simpson said he probably prayed more on those last three holes than he had in his life.

Like Masters champion Bubba Watson, Simpson talks openly about his Christian faith.

On Twitter, he describes himself as a "sinner loved by a Savior."

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