No need for affirmation — DP World Tour players have never had it so good

Self-help gurus suggest there are benefits in using a positivity wall — to stand in front of a mirror, say something positive about yourself, scribble it down on a bit of paper then shove it up on said wall so you become energized, inspired and motivated by a burgeoning assembly of rousing affirmations.

That’s the theory, at least. The reality, of course, is slightly different.

As I gazed at the haunting reflection of my increasingly wizened fizzog, which is beginning to develop the same consistency of a perished balloon, my eyes became tormented by the kind of ghoulish vision of foreboding that was akin to a hallucinating Macbeth glimpsing the ghost of bloomin’ Banquo.

Once I’d composed myself, I started to think that Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the DP World Tour, would be the kind of fella who would perhaps embrace one of those positivity thingamabobs.

He is, after all, a dynamic, thrusting type of chap who wears blue-rimmed spectacles and speaks with composed, confident, authoritative gusto. I could imagine him having little Post-It notes with galvanizing pearls like “see the invisible, feel the intangible, achieve the impossible” scattered around his Wentworth office.

Or maybe he just stands and curses and mutters at a wall like the rest of us?

You wouldn’t blame him. The upcoming arbitration hearing – Pelley and his tour will square up to the outlawed LIV Golf rebels who believe they have the right to play anywhere they like – is consuming plenty of the Canadian’s time, much to his chagrin.

On the other hand, of course, Pelley has lots to be positive about. This season’s DP World Tour, for instance, boasts record prize money of over $144M. To us mere mortals, it’s a vast sum. In the madcap world of men’s professional golf, though, it’s like something cobbled together from a rummage under the cushions of a couch.

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By: Nick Rodger
Title: No need for affirmation — DP World Tour players have never had it so good
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Published Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2023 12:00:45 +0000

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