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

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Product details

  • 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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754,287 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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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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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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The late Maurice Flitcroft was my Uncle and I have lived with his Golfing exploits for the most of my life. Even though I thought he was a seriously crazy fish, this book is quite comical. The book is very well written and nothing in it surprises me atall. The pictures are great aswell, as I have never seen them before. RIP Maurice. Definitely worth a read for all Golf professionals!
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I read about this book in Esquire and had various friends go on about it. Not being a sports fanatic I was reluctant to buy it. Assured that this wasn't just a book about golf I took a swing at it and i haven't looked back. Within the first pages I was hooked. They were right, this is not a book about golf - its an hilarious and moving story about one mans mission to follow a dream.

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.
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Scott Murray contacted me to request my contribution to Marice Flitcroft's appearance at Formby. Little did I realise what a superb biography he and Simon Farnaby were to produce. It is a brilliant read and humourously relates the story of the man from Barrow showing his tenacity and determination to overcome his lack of skill with a golf club - even after years of practice.
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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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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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Maurice Flitcroft - a man who aimed for the stars and fell short with a duck hook to the left. This is an excellent tale about hope triumphing over adversity which is written for golf fans, but is just as readable for non-golfers. The portrayal of Maurice is funny and sympathetic, drawing on an autobiography which never saw the light of day and from people who were involved in the story. Simon Farnaby and Scott Murray develop the story in a joyous and humorous style which makes for an entertaining read. This book is a welcome counterpoint to the biographies of the golfing greats, but also an affectionate depiction of someone who tried in an age where #fail is used in a derisory way. A definate buy for any sports fan or anyone who likes sticking it to 'the Man'.
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