The Phantom of the Open

Maurice Flitcroft, The World's Worst Golfer

Simon Farnaby, Scott Murray

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¿I have been insulted, abused, pelted with stones, held up to ridicule, manhandled by police, prosecuted, fined, threatened with violence, and finally physically assaulted. In spite of it all I shall try to succeed as a professional golfer, because that is what I have chosen to do, and no amount of sabre rattling is going to stop me¿

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 sine die.

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


Scott Murray and Simon Farnaby

"Hilarious" Esquire "The story of its greatest anti-hero is just what the game needs." Spectator


Format ePUB i
Kopierschutz Ja i
Seitenzahl 384 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 08.07.2010
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781407090962
Verlag Random House UK Ltd
Dateigröße 1722 KB


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