Fairway to Heaven: God's golfers
Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and their caddies pray during the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah, Illinois. They were later met by their wives, who also joined in the huddle.
June 3rd, 2013
11:54 AM ET

Fairway to Heaven: God's golfers

(CNN) Forget hitting the greens - it's the fairway to heaven which is on the minds of some of the world's top golfers.

From Augusta's Amen Corner to an Amen on every corner, these golfers practice what they preach.

Players from across the PGA Tour meet regularly at a Bible group, whose members include high-profile stars such as major champions Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Stewart Cink.

Each week, the group will study one particular verse, with some players such as Kevin Streelman taking that particular scripture and getting it printed onto a golf club.

For Streelman, who won his first big PGA Tour tournament at the Tampa Bay Challenge in March, his reawakening has come following a period of struggle in his personal life.

"I would lie if I said that I was previously that way," he told CNN's Living Golf.



Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Sports • United States

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  1. Numbers 14:36-38

    You must be punished if you ever tell the truth

    June 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm |

    Do whatever (good deed, work, etc.) you do;

    do it for GOD,

    and you will absolutely win!


    June 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
  3. God’s goodness

    Psalm 84:11

    June 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
    • God’s goodness

      I was just Bu11sh1ting around , just messing with y'all . None of this is real.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • Psalm 84:11

      God's goodness

      11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
      the Lord bestows favor and honor;
      no good thing does he withhold
      from those whose walk is blameless.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Exodus 12:29

      All first born children are guilty by association so they must be killed

      June 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
  4. God’s leading

    John 10:4

    June 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
  5. God’s provision

    Isaiah 41:10

    June 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
  6. God’s power

    Isaiah 41:10

    June 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
  7. God’s presence

    Hebrews 13:5

    June 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
  8. Science

    Hey ...........kiddies................chad to...............stuff bellow is the truth ...........no dino in the what chadie ?

    Scientists Find Oldest Dinosaur – Or Closest Relative Yet

    Dec. 5, 2012 — Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs like the small, swift-footed Eoraptor and Herrerasaurus.


    June 4, 2013 at 10:10 am |
    • Science

      Dear Mr. and Mrs. Troll...... .........chad/Rachel ....vickietoo...........trolling does not work in the sand............will not catch fish that way !http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/14/vatican-swaps-old-masters-for-modernity-with-venice-biennale-debut/?replytocom=2343268#respondHey ...........kiddies................stuff bellow is the truth ...........no dino in the what chadie ?Scientists Find Oldest Dinosaur – Or Closest Relative YetDec. 5, 2012 — Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs like the small, swift-footed Eoraptor and

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      June 4, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  9. Reality

    For an all-inclusive round:

    Only for the new members of the country club–

    Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    June 4, 2013 at 7:24 am |
    • The Honest Reality

      If kibosh means you gave an opinion...well, there you go.

      June 4, 2013 at 7:35 am |
  10. Led Zepplin

    And she's buying the fairway to heaven...

    June 4, 2013 at 6:11 am |
  11. Jeff

    Even if you are naive enough to believe in gods, why would they care about your golf game?

    June 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
  12. Science

    Scientists Find Oldest Dinosaur - Or Closest Relative Yet

    Dec. 5, 2012 — Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs like the small, swift-footed Eoraptor and Herrerasaurus.

    June 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Science

      oops source for above article..............HS and 41.............fossils.


      June 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • ron50

      Far more interesting that the real subject here.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • Science

      Better than the bible sh-it that is for sure !

      June 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
  13. Fairway to Heaven

    The Bible says, “He that hardeneth his heart, being often reproved, shall suddenly be cut off and not without remedy” [see Proverbs 29:1].

    You never know. To some of you who go out on the slick highways this afternoon, this may be the last sermon you will ever hear. In every crusade we have ever conducted anywhere, there have been people who have come to the meeting in good health and never came back because they were dead in the next few hours through an accident, or a heart attack, or something else.

    We never know when our moment is coming. Maybe God spoke to you this afternoon, and your heart is in danger of being hardened. Some of you are older people; some of you are younger people. The Bible says once you hear the Gospel and do nothing about it, you are in danger of being hardening your heart.

    But, last of all, there were some that made a decision [see Acts 17:34]. They received Christ and went their way rejoicing. I am going to ask you today to receive Him. I am not asking you this afternoon to join some special church. I’m asking you today to give your life to Christ.

    You may be a member of a choir. I don’t know who you are or what you are, but you want to give your life to Christ on this opening Sunday afternoon. I’m going to ask you to do a hard thing, because coming to Christ is not easy. So many people have made it too easy. Jesus went to the cross and died in your place. Certainly, you can come a few steps from where you are sitting and stand here, quietly and reverently, and with bowed head. And say, “I need God; I need Christ. I want to be forgiven of my sins. I want a new life, and I want to start a new direction today.”
    Rev. Billy Graham

    June 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • Sam Clemens

      Golf is a good walk spoiled.

      June 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • fintastic

      Another big load of CRAP.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • meifumado

      Please stay away from children and seek help for your delusional thinking, You are a danger to the public.

      June 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • sam stone

      I especially liked that dialogue that billy boy graham had with nixon. very telling

      June 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  14. extra medium

    Why don't they invite Tiger ? The guy has God-given talents

    June 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
  15. Hypatia

    Rich fools wasting time and money. *shrug*.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • Nclaw441

      Their time. Their money. Their faith. This is a fluff story for sure, but is that so bad?

      June 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  16. Birdie

    Professional golfer Paul Azinger was diagnosed with cancer at age 33. He had just won a PGA championship and had ten tournament victories to his credit.

    He wrote, "A genuine feeling of fear came over me. I could die from cancer. Then another reality hit me even harder. I’m going to die eventually anyway, whether from cancer or something else. It’s just a question of when. Everything I had accomplished in golf became meaningless to me. All I wanted to do was live."

    Then he remembered something that Larry Moody, who teaches a Bible study on the tour, had said to him. "Zinger, we’re not in the land of the living going to the land of the dying. We’re in the land of the dying trying to get to the land of the living."

    Golfer Paul Azinger recovered from chemotherapy and returned to the PGA tour. He’s done pretty well. But that bout with cancer deepened his perspective. He wrote, "I’ve made a lot of money since I’ve been on the tour, and I’ve won a lot of tournaments, but that happiness is always temporary. The only way you will ever have true contentment is in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I’m not saying that nothing ever bothers me and I don’t have problems, but I feel like I’ve found the answer to the six-foot hole."

    June 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
    • meifumado

      This is called wishful thinking and it's delusional nothing more nothing less.

      June 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  17. derp

    Just once I want to hear one of the idiot fundie athletes blame god for his lack of skill.

    "I would have won if jesus hadn't made me shank my tee shot on 18."

    "He sucks, he likes that Tiger Woods better than me."

    June 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • meifumado

      That would be funny!

      June 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
  18. derp

    Hey, do all you christard fundies drive cars?

    You do know that you have to have fossils in order to have fossil fuels.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
    • Nclaw441

      There is plenty of fossil fuel remaining.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • The real Tom

      So, Nclaw, you agree there are fossils? How's that square with your biblical account of creation?

      June 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
  19. Pole dancing for Jesus

    Please god pick me. lmfao.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
  20. Dyslexic doG

    Yesterday morning there was a knock at my door. A pleasant and enthusiastic young couple were there.

    John: "Hi! I'm John, and this is Mary."

    Mary: "Hi! We're here to invite you to come kiss Hank's ass with us."

    Me: "Pardon me?! What are you talking about? Who's Hank, and why would I want to kiss His ass?"

    John: "If you kiss Hank's ass, He'll give you a million dollars; and if you don't, He'll kick the guts out of you."

    Me: "What? Is this some sort of bizarre mob shake-down?"

    John: "Hank is a billionaire philanthropist. Hank built this town. Hank owns this town. He can do whatever He wants, and what He wants is to give you a million dollars, but He can't until you kiss His ass."

    Me: "That doesn't make any sense. Why..."

    Mary: "Who are you to question Hank's gift? Don't you want a million dollars? Isn't it worth a little kiss on the ass?"

    Me: "Well maybe, if it's legit, but..."

    John: "Then come kiss Hank's ass with us."

    Me: "Do you kiss Hank's ass often?"

    Mary: "Oh yes, all the time..."

    Me: "And has He given you a million dollars?"

    John: "Well no. You don't actually get the money until you leave town."

    Me: "So why don't you just leave town now?"

    Mary: "You can't leave until Hank tells you to, or you don't get the money, and He kicks the guts out of you."

    Me: "Do you know anyone who kissed Hank's ass, left town, and got the million dollars?"

    John: "My mother kissed Hank's ass for years. She left town last year, and I'm sure she got the money."

    Me: "Haven't you talked to her since then?"

    John: "Of course not, Hank doesn't allow it."

    Me: "So what makes you think He'll actually give you the money if you've never talked to anyone who got the money?"

    Mary: "Well, maybe you'll get a raise, maybe you'll win a small lotto, maybe you'll just find a twenty-dollar bill on the street."

    Me: "What's that got to do with Hank?"

    John: "In this town, Hank is the same as good luck. All good things are attributed to Hank'"

    Me: "I'm sorry, but this sounds like some sort of bizarre con game."

    John: "But it's a million dollars, can you really take the chance? And remember, if you don't kiss Hank's ass He'll kick the guts out of you."

    Me: "Maybe if I could see Hank, talk to Him, get the details straight from Him..."

    Mary: "No one sees Hank, no one talks to Hank."

    Me: "Then how do you kiss His ass?"

    John: "Sometimes we just blow Him a kiss, and think of His ass. Other times we kiss Karl's ass, and he passes it on."

    Me: "Who's Karl?"

    Mary: "A friend of ours. He's the one who taught us all about kissing Hank's ass. All we had to do was take him out to dinner a few times."

    Me: "And you just took his word for it when he said there was a Hank, that Hank wanted you to kiss His ass, and that Hank would reward you?"

    John: "Oh no! Karl has a letter he got from Hank years ago explaining the whole thing. Here's a copy; see for yourself."

    From the Desk of Karl
    1. Kiss Hank's ass and He'll give you a million dollars when you leave town.
    2. Use alcohol in moderation.
    3. Kick the guts out of people who aren't like you.
    4. Eat right.
    5. Hank dictated this list Himself.
    6. The moon is made of green cheese.
    7. Everything Hank says is right.
    8. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.
    9. Don't use alcohol.
    10. Eat your wieners on buns, no condiments.
    11. Kiss Hank's ass or He'll kick the guts out of you.

    Me: "This appears to be written on Karl's letterhead."

    Mary: "Hank didn't have any paper."

    Me: "I have a hunch that if we checked we'd find this is Karl's handwriting."

    John: "Of course, Hank dictated it."

    Me: "I thought you said no one gets to see Hank?"

    Mary: "Not now, but years ago He would talk to some people."

    Me: "I thought you said He was a philanthropist. What sort of philanthropist kicks the guts out of people just because they're different?"

    Mary: "It's what Hank wants, and Hank's always right."

    Me: "How do you figure that?"

    Mary: "Item 7 says 'Everything Hank says is right.' That's good enough for me!"

    Me: "Maybe your friend Karl just made the whole thing up."

    John: "No way! Item 5 says 'Hank dictated this list himself.' Besides, item 2 says 'Use alcohol in moderation,' Item 4 says 'Eat right,' and item 8 says 'Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.' Everyone knows those things are right, so the rest must be true, too."

    Me: "But 9 says 'Don't use alcohol.' which doesn't quite go with item 2, and 6 says 'The moon is made of green cheese,' which is just plain wrong."

    John: "There's no contradiction between 9 and 2, 9 just clarifies 2. As far as 6 goes, you've never been to the moon, so you can't say for sure."

    Me: "Scientists have pretty firmly established that the moon is made of rock..."

    Mary: "But they don't know if the rock came from the Earth, or from out of space, so it could just as easily be green cheese."

    Me: "I'm not really an expert, but not knowing where the rock came from doesn't make it plausible that it might be made of cheese."

    John: "Ha! You just admitted that scientists don’t know everything, but we know Hank is always right!"

    Me: "We do?"

    Mary: "Of course we do, Item 7 says so."

    Me: "You're saying Hank's always right because the list says so, the list is right because Hank dictated it, and we know that Hank dictated it because the list says so. That's circular logic, no different than saying 'Hank's right because He says He's right.'"

    John: "Now you're getting it! It's so rewarding to see someone come around to Hank's way of thinking."

    Me: "But...oh, never mind.

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    June 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Science

      Hey faithy seems like you have not been weaned yet sort of like chadie .............reminds me of a 5 year old ?

      Monkey Teeth Help Reveal Neanderthal Weaning

      May 24, 2013 — Most modern human mothers wean their babies much earlier than our closest primate relatives. But what about our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals?


      June 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Neanderthal is a hoax. Then again, you already know that.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
    • midwest rail

      " Neanderthal is a hoax "
      Breathtakingly stupid.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • Science

      The biggest hoax is the 666 beast.............but you knew that HS.

      Current search on Bing chadie ..........bookmark update chad........3rd one from top of page.

      RDFRS: When Christians become a 'hated minority'


      11,000,000 results Any time

      Splat Chad

      June 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "Neanderthal is a hoax."

      OMG. Comedy gold. What sort of moron actually believes this sh!t?

      June 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Chessie

      HeavenSent, seriously??

      June 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • Cherilyn B

      Hey, Mr. doG - Why didn't you include the ending where he admits liking his weiner with buns and a few condiments? Of course, Mary faints. Classic.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:04 am |
    • Alias

      Science –
      I just hope you know the truth about fossils. The Dinosaurs are a myth made up by the CIA. They are trying to scare people so they won't travel back in time.

      June 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • fintastic

      No no no.... the debil dude with the red suit, pointy horns and pitchfork planted the dinosaur bones to fool us!!

      June 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
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