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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.

©2010 Scott Murray and Simon Farnaby (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Up yours!

Good ol Maurice, putting 2 fingers up at the establishment and the snooty R & A and why not, good luck to him.
A dreamer, a tryer and optimist and who doesn’t like one of those?
Great story which made all the nationals when we had decent media outlets and journalists, but Maurice wasn’t everyone’s favourite. Well narrated which kept the story going at a good tempo and I believe it’s now going to be made into a film.
We need more people like Maurice, I liked him.

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An ode to the dreamers and the hopeless alike

A wonderful story about a true underdog who saw himself as anything but. Maurice G Flitcroft was a man who embodied the phrase “I’m as good as the next man and there’s no one better than me”, and was not shy about proving himself right. Simon Farnaby’s voice was perfect for the narration, making this one of the most enjoyable books I’ve heard in many a moon,

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The greatest true story

Fabulously narrated and wonderfully captured the life and exploits of a true eccentric and British treasure. The R&A...shame on you!

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A Fitting Tribute to a lover of the game

A life story full of humor that will put a smile on the face of anyone who loves sticking it to the man.

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100% Enjoyable from tee to green

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well-written and brilliantly delivered by the narrator. A funny, poignant story about a regular working-class hero. I would highly recommend this book.

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Superb!

I’m able to listen to audiobooks whilst working so I’ve accumulated a library of hundreds and this is without a doubt, one of my favorites. An amusing and heart-warming tale of an amazing character, and the performance is superb! (I’ve now listened to this three times, and will restart it again soon!)

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An utter joy

I saw the film, loved it, and it inspired me to read the book. In places it is utterly hilarious and by the end it is incredibly moving, Maurice Flitcroft was a one of a kind man that I was rooting for throughout the book. I am not a golf fan but that did not hinder my enjoyment of the story- the book is more about one man’s grit, determination and utter self belief and I wish I was a little bit more like him! I can’t recommend this fantastic book highly enough and Simon Farnaby’s narration was perfect (as I expected- he is a wonderful actor and writer). An utter joy!

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Maurice up their with the golfing gods. We all have the wrecking shot in our game

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Possibly my favourite audiobook

Shame there wasn't some footage or recordings of Morris. Great story. I can't have it that he is terrible at golf as he barely got to practice, had no one helping him, and he wasn't able to play on a golf course - still got close to 100 on a championship course.