The Phantom of the Open Paperback by Simon Farnaby

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The Phantom of the Open Paperback by Simon Farnaby

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage (June 28 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529195853
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9781529195859
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 300 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm

"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.

About Author

Scott Murray writes for the Guardian, the Fiver, FourFourTwo, GQ and Men’s Health. He is the co-author of the football miscellany Day of the Match: A History of Football in 365 Days, and contributed to both volumes of Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit?

Simon Farnaby is an actor and writer. Among his recent TV acting credits he was Spike in Jam and Jerusalem and he played Hamilton Cork, Pie-Face Records and Harold Boom in The Mighty Boosh. In film, he starred as Bunny in this year’s British Indie hit Bunny and The Bull.

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