The Phantom of the Open: Maurice Flitcroft, The World's Worst Golfer
When 46-year-old crane driver and former comedy stunt-diver 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 went nuclear, and 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 Zapata moustache soaked in food dye).
In doing so, he sent the authorities into apoplexy, and won the hearts of hackers from Muirfield to Michigan, becoming arguably the most popular - but certainly the bravest - sporting underdog the world has ever known.
This is the heart-warming story of a working-class hero who didn't quite achieve his dream to become Open champion - but became a worldwide golfing legend anyway.
First published: Thursday 24th June 2010
- Released: Thursday 7th July 2011
- Pages: 384
- Catalogue: 9780224083171
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