American Golfer that Won British Open Says He Read Scripture throughout Tournament
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Jul 21
American golfer Zach Johnson won the British Open in Scotland Monday (July 20) in a close competition against Jordan Spieth. The 39-year-old golfer says credited his win at St. Andrews to the scripture he read to keep focused in the tournament.
Johnson told reporters after the win, "I was reading bits of scripture to myself, things like Psalm 24:7 (which says,”Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in”). I've been reading them all week. I thank God for the talent he's given me, and I take it seriously."
This is not the first time that the athlete professed his faith in Christ, Christian Today reports. Johnson previously told FCA that his life changed when he committed his life to Christ and became a Christian.
He said, "I discovered what it meant to 'live for Christ’ and that it honestly was something I wanted to do. The facts were there, and I could sense the Holy Spirit at work. Early in the winter of 2002, I gave my life to the Lord. Before I was one, I always thought being a Christian would be boring. In reality, it has been the complete opposite."
Publication date: July 21, 2015