Golf: Positively

The Red Guards may get their inspiration from Chairman Mao, but pro golfers swear by Norman Vincent Peale. South Africa's Gary Player carries a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking around in his golf bag — and over the years has won the U.S. Open, the British Open, the Masters and the P.G.A. The newest advocate of Peale Power is Texan Gay Brewer Jr., 35, whose major claim to fame is that he has found more ways to lose tournaments than any other player in the game.

Brewer has finished second 14 times in his career. He did earn...

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