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The Phantom of the Open, by Scott Murray & Simon Farnaby

Which Open competitor remarked: "Everything was going according to plan until I five-putted from eight feet at the second?" Step forward Maurice Flitcroft, who in 1974 carded 121 in a qualifier, the worst score in the event's history. Which was hardly surprising, as he had never played a round in his life.

Dragons' move for Kear falls through

Wakefield have confirmed that their coach John Kear is staying with them – for another season at least – rather than joining Catalan Dragons.

Walters to leave luckless Dragons

The Catalan Dragons have become the fourth Super League club seeking a new coach for next season following Kevin Walters' decision not to take up the option of a third year with the club. The former Australian stand-off announced his departure after a meeting with the Catalans' chairman, Bernard Guasch.

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