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The Phantom of the Open: Maurice Flitcroft, The World's Worst Golfer Paperback – 8 Jul 2010
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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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After watching golf on the telly, this Quixotic crane driver from Barrow-in-Furness, with no golfing skills whatsoever, blags his way into the famous Open Championship. On achieving the worst score ever (and by a fluke qualifying) - his horrendous hacking draws attention and worship from the crowds but is soon banned from the competition. This doesn't deter Flitcroft who resorts to ridiculous disguises and increasingly absurd names to outwit the pompous officials year after year becoming an unlikely and unwelcome hero of of the sport. These hilarious golfing capers set against his grim life, which seems well researched with accounts from surviving friends and family, make this story not just funny but touching and inspiring, brilliantly told with energy and heaps of humour.
I just got another copy for my both my parents - only one of them plays golf.
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.
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This is a review by someone who has actually used his hard earned cash to buy something as opposed to the increasing number of reviewers who are getting huge numbers of free... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was laughing so hard at work while reading this book that my grumpy boss ordered a copy for himself. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Torodd Fuglesteg
Hilarious. Why they have not made a film of the story, I don't know.Published 17 months ago by Jules
A great book , well researched and a must for all who love the game.
A tonic for those not playing well , sometimes makes you cringe , most times makes you laugh.
This book is really well written and really does make you laugh out loud in parts. Maurice Flitcroft - what a brilliant character, and even if you don't play golf you will still... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2012 by smcardle
I thought this was one of the most original stories I have read for a long time. Maurice Flitcroft's story is entertaining, remarkable and very easy to read. Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2011 by M Williams