The Phantom of The Open : Maurice Flitcroft, the World's Worst Golfer Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, ports.
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/07/2011
- Category: Sporting events, tours & organisations
- ISBN: 9780224083171