It’s time for The Open, the oldest and best golf tournament in the World.

For 2010 it’s back at the home of golf, St. Andrews.

Who can forget big John Daly lifting the claret jug, and simultaneously spitting on the hollowed ground. A truly memorable golfing moment from the last time the Open played the Old course.

To celebrate, Golf Refugees are paying tribute to our golfing hero, one of sports great underdogs, Maurice Flitcroft, who's biography ‘The Phantom of the Open’ is launched this week.

It's an hilarious tale of Maurice’s golfing exploits.

When qualifying for the Open, he posted the highest recorded tournament score. Embarrassed the R&A, who promptly banned him for life. Then spent the next 14 years defying their petulant ban by donning a series of disguises and pseudonyms to avoid detection and fulfil his love of playing the game.

You can join us with all manner of Flitcroft paraphernalia, from our new, special edition, Maurice eco polo shirt, t-shirts, Maurice button badges and the book itself. Just visit http://www.golf-refugees.com

There are numerous highly-paid, over-hyped sport stars to support. But Maurice was an ordinary guy, just like you and me. Not particularly blessed with natural talent, but with a strong desire and determination to achieve in his chosen sport of golf.

For that, we ask you to raise a glass (or jug) to salute a great British working class hero.

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