After winning the U.S. Open earlier this summer, Larry Nelson told reporters that he often talked to God as he played the final two rounds.

“I prayed between shots, but I prayed for peace,” the golfer said. “I don’t pray to sink putts or hit to the pin. I pray for peace so I can make the shot.”

Nelson won his sixth and greatest victory in storybook style. He shot an unimpressive 75 the first day, giving him a tie for twenty-fifth place. He improved the second day, shooting a 72. Then on Saturday, television cameras began turning his way as he masterfully shot a 65—the best score of the tournament. When rain halted play in the final round, Nelson was tied with Tom Watson at four under par.

Play resumed the next morning with Nelson on the sixteenth tee. His shot landed a disappointing 62 feet from the hole. Then came the most dramatic shot of the tournament—perhaps of the golfing year. His putt rolled downhill over two terraces and curled into the hole. The remarkable shot and subsequent victory interrupted a long slump in Nelson’s career. Since winning his first major championship in 1981, the 35-year-old golfer had not won a tournament.

Nelson’s first Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) Tour win came in 1979 when he brought home a trophy and $54,000 from the Jackie Gleason Inverary Classic. That year he also won the Western Open and was named Most Improved Golfer of 1979 by Golf Digest magazine. Last year he became the thirty-fourth PGA golfer to surpass the million-dollar level in career earnings.

Success as a professional golfer provides opportunities for Nelson to share his faith in Christ. His wife, Gayle, committed her life to Christ in 1975 after hearing Cindy Massengale, wife of golfer Rik Massengale, give her testimony. ...

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