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The Phantom of the Open: Maurice Flitcroft, The World's Worst Golfer Paperback – 8 Jul 2010


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224083163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224083164
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great book. Buy it, folks. You deserve it!"--Lawrence Donegan, The Guardian

"Heart-warming and bizarre ... the laugh-out-loud book of the summer"--Tom Cox, author of Nice Jumper and Bring Me The Head Of Sergio Garcia, and Golf International columnist

"A joyful biography"--Dan Jones, London Evening Standard

"Don Quixote with a nine-iron"--Julian Barratt, The Mighty Boosh

"I bet you're going to buy it, because it sounds like a great tale"--John Inverdale, BBC Radio Five Live

"What a book. What a subject. What a story. And what a great film it would make. Happy Gilmore, Caddyshack, Tin Cup, stand aside and give Maurice Flitcroft a chance"--The Observer

"The tale's essential warmth and heart make it well worth the read. At a time when golf's greatest hero has proved himself all too fallible, the story of its greatest anti-hero could be just what the game needs"--The Spectator

"Laugh-out-loud funny, joyous and brimming with affection for its subject - The Phantom of the Open is the best sports book I've read in years. If it doesn't win Sports Book of the Year then life is more crooked than one of Maurice Flitcroft's drives"--Dan Davies, Esquire

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The hilarious, heartwarming and - unbelievably - true story of Maurice Flitcroft, the World's Worst Golfer

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andy Lowe on 14 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Got this book at the weekend and read it in a couple of sittings. It's a real page turner, breezy and funny. Maurice Flitcroft is belligerent and deluded - but somehow the writers make you root for him every step of the way. It pokes gentle fun but never mocks. His constant battles with the golfing authorities are hilarious and the main story - but my favourite bit is his meltdown on TV-AM with Anne Diamond and Tom O'Connor, when he gets annoyed that they'd questioned his abilities. Maurice is truly a hero for our times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, reading it from start to finish over a rainy weekend. Sometimes I laughed out loud.The author tells the amazing story of Maurice Flitcroft, a man who never let his lack of ability get in the way of his dreams.

Flitcroft made it his life's ambition to play in the Open and convinced himself he had the talent, if only he could practice. The golf authorities, school paying field supervisors and members of the public clearly didn't see it that way and Maurice was chased away, sometimes literally, on several occasions.

Maurice made numerous attempts to enter the Open, often using remarkable pseudonyms (Arnold Palmtree anyone?) after he was banned for holding up play in an Open Qualifying round on the way to a score of 121.

The authors have made great use of the recollections of family members, sports journalists and even the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to create an often hilarious, sometimes sad, yet ultimately strangely uplifting, portrait of Flitcroft and his almost unquenchable desire to succeed as a professional golfer.

Strongly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By charlie33 on 13 Dec. 2010
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I have just finished reading Phantom of the Open in a two day flurry. A highly entertaining read about a highly entertaining man, and written with feeling and gusto. Irrespective of whether you have any interest in the sport of golf this is a story of one mans passion, taking on an outdated establishment and showing it what for. Brilliant, hilarious!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By seve 1 on 9 July 2010
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you don't have to love golf to love this book. it's the story of a dreamer, like peter allis says in the book, "i wish some young players could see the magic in the game that maurice did" brilliant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By turnip55 on 26 Nov. 2010
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I'm not really into golf but I bought this book because I've read a lot of Scott Murray's stuff on the Guardian website, so I thought it would be worth a read. It didn't disappoint - Murray knows how to write a good story, and what a story he had to work with!

"Someone has got to stop these foreigners coming over to play in our major events and walking off with the trophies... I would welcome the opportunity to put a stop to this rot" - Maurice is clearly barking, but in that most endearingly harmless of ways. A really enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Les75 on 1 Aug. 2010
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Really loved this book. Very funny and well written. Even my wife thinks so and she doesn't usually like anything to do with golf. I'm going to recommend it to my friends and can't wait to see the film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The RealKP on 1 Dec. 2010
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I am by no means a golf fan - I actually know next to nothing about it and always assumed it was tedious, so I had no high hopes for this book. I could not have been more wrong. This is an absolute gem of a book, clearly imbued with great affection for both Maurice Flitcroft and the sport of golf, without taking either too seriously. Flitcroft is a brilliantly fascinating subject, and the writing does him justice and then some.
All in all, an excellent book, thoroughly enjoyed, and already given as gifts to various friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wrexy on 22 Sept. 2010
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We Brits love a plucky loser (why is that?) but Maurice sets the bar a few notches higher than Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards.

Just finished this book and its a great story. Maurice had incredible self-belief but a total lack of golfing ability. His own writing style and that of the author are both in the same vein and compliment each other well.

Highly recommended.
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