In the same way that a small individual trader can be just as profitable (in percentage terms or R) as a major hedge fund, Player is a great example of a good "littl'un" being able to mix it with a good "big'un". Desire and determination, along with working on the things that can make a difference to your performance, can get you a long way.
Some of his most famous quotes are just as applicable to traders. Just change the word golf to trading, or golfer to trader, and you'll see what I mean:
"We create success or failure on the course primarily by our thoughts."
"Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I've played the game for 40 years and I still haven't the slightest idea how to play."
"The harder you work, the luckier you get."
"You must work very hard to become a natural golfer."
"As we all know... golf is a puzzle without an answer."
"That loss was to breed an independence, a toughness of spirit, and an awareness of adversity and discipline that have never left me."
"Golf is such a humbling game."
"It doesn't matter what happened in the past or what happens in the present, when we tee up tomorrow, it's a new day. It's a brand new game."
"A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks."