The Phantom of the Open
Scott Murray, Simon Farnaby
The hilarious, heartwarming and – unbelievably – true story of Maurice Flitcroft, the World’s Worst Golfer
‘The story of its greatest anti-hero is just what the game needs’ Spectator
When 46-year-old crane driver Maurice Flitcroft chanced his way into the Open – having never before played a round of golf in his life – he ran up a record-worst score of 121. The sport’s ruling classes banned him for life.
Maurice didn’t take it lying down. In a hilarious game of cat-and-mouse with The Man, he entered tournaments again – and again, and again – using increasingly ludicrous pseudonyms such as Gene Pacecki, Arnold Palmtree and Count Manfred von Hoffmanstel (more often than not disguised by a fake moustache).
In doing so, he sent the authorities into apoplexy, and won the hearts of fans from Muirfield to Michigan, becoming arguably the most popular – and certainly the bravest – sporting underdog the world has ever known
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