The Phantom of the Open

  • by Simon Farnaby, Scott Murray
  • Narrated by Simon Farnaby
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. 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.
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.

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Love it

Maurice up their with the golfing gods. We all have the wrecking shot in our game
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Lovely story of a trier

I've listened to this so many times! It's a wonderful tale of someone who tried his best despite not having all the advantages a lot of others would have enjoyed. The best story I've found on Amazon/Audible so far. Thank you :)
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- Mark Baker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-12-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios