PIED PIPER PEPPERELL

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That head­line ap­peared on GolfDigestMe.com just be­fore the now 27-year-old English­man fin­ished T-48 at last year’s DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship and 41st in the over­all Race to Dubai rank­ings. It was the pref­ace to an ab­sorb­ing fea­ture by the renowned Scot­tish scribe John Hug­gan on one of the most in­tel­li­gent and in­sight­ful minds in golf, chart­ing the rise and fall and rise again of the Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate turned pro­fes­sional golfer.

It pre­viewed Pepperell’s fas­ci­nat­ing blog — ed­diepep­perell.word­press.com if you haven’t yet been en­light­ened—and delved to places golf in­ter­views nor­mally don’t go.

“My writ­ing im­proved markedly last year when my golf was so bad,” Pepperell told Hug­gan. “I tell peo­ple I don’t want to be blog­ging. When I’m play­ing well, I don’t think as much or write as much. And when I do, it isn’t from a place of such deep re­flec­tion. Last year [2016], when I was feel­ing low I was able to ar­tic­u­late my thoughts more hon­estly. So I think the dif­fi­cult thing for me is writ­ing like that when I’m play­ing well and not sound­ing ar­ro­gant.”

Pepperell has man­aged to achieve both tricky things this sea­son, cap­tur­ing both the Qatar and Bri­tish Mas­ters and more on­line fans with his mus­ings.

“…I’ve al­ways main­tained that the most im­por­tant thing in life is to be a nice per­son, be­cause ca­reers come and go, but if you sac­ri­fice be­ing a good per­son in or­der to be­come a great achiever, you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence the un­in­tended side ef­fects once it’s all over. And lone­li­ness will prob­a­bly top that list.”

You can bet Pepperell won’t be lonely when the gal­leries spread out around Earth for the 10th edi­tion of the DPWTC.

“Is Eddie Pepperell too smart for his own good?”

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