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US Open Golf Champion Webb Simpson on Faith, Family and Defining Success

For Webb Simpson, 2012 U.S. Open champion and winner of four PGA tour tournaments, one of life's greatest lessons came not on the golf course, but rather in a simple conversation with his mentor. Raised in a Christian home, Webb's faith didn't truly take root until his college days, when he remembers his mentor saying, "You cannot do anything tonight to make God love you any more or less tomorrow morning".

This simple statement of the gift of God's love hit home for Webb Simpson, effectively triggering his transformation from nominal Christian living out his parents' faith to genuine follower of Jesus. Until this point, Webb had been living off a list and "Dos" and "Don'ts", attempting to earn his favor with God. The lack of a true relationship with God caused difficulty for both him and his wife Dowd throughout their dating experience, and the couple went through a year-long break up as they both attempted to pursue God more seriously.  "The Lord, by his Grace, showed redemption in our lives and brought us back together," says Dowd. "That year apart was the best year, because it was the first time that I really fell in love with Jesus."

As a PGA couple, it can be difficult for Webb and Dowd to make time for their faith in their busy family and tour schedules. As most tournaments take place over the weekend, Webb can rarely get to church on a Sunday, choosing instead to host Bible studies on Tuesday nights. When Dowd can't join him on tour, Webb makes sure to invite friends to surround him, keep him accountable, and ensure he has a Christian community supporting him. 

While Webb's 2012 U.S. Open win is certainly the pinnacle of his career so far, he's still a consistent face on the PGA tour circuit, with 9 top ten finishes this year. Most recently, Webb made the cut as the last man for Team USA at the Ryder Cup in Scotland.

Webb and Dowd have two children and make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

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