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Antics of hopeless duffer provide the inspiration for upcoming movie

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Ireland's Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne in action during day four of the 2018 World Cup at The Metropolitan in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Ireland's Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne in action during day four of the 2018 World Cup at The Metropolitan in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Mark Rylance in The Phantom of the Open

Mark Rylance in The Phantom of the Open

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Ireland's Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne in action during day four of the 2018 World Cup at The Metropolitan in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

In this time of annual stocktaking for tournament professionals, we’re reminded of how adaptable the game of golf can be. In fact there is no other sport where the elite practitioner and struggling duffer can trade skills with such ease, courtesy of the handicap system.

Remarkably, it can also happen where everybody is assumed to be competent enough to play off scratch, or thereabouts. This is illustrated in the upcoming movie, The Phantom of the Open, in which celebrated British actor, Mark Rylance, portrays the irrepressible Maurice Flitcroft.


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