Open Links

A tender and beautiful story of hope, family and endeavour. Open Links will resonate with everyone but especially those lucky readers who still dare to dream.


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Ricky Randall is a journeyman professional golfer playing the final round of the Open Championship at Muirfield.

The most important round of his life.

But everything is against him: his kit, the course and officialdom. Even his caddie is a no-show. Ricky is set to become the story of the Championship. No one watching can believe their eyes, with the exception of a young spectator, Ben. A boy who connects with our hero, something neither of them understand and have no chance to question.

An unfurling disaster becomes a sensation. A worldwide story that envelopes those on and off the course: frenzied journalists, a New York financier watching from afar, famous billionaires and flummoxed golf pundits and commentators.

An enchanting novel that plays out a single round. Eighteen short chapters, over 18 long holes. The most extraordinary round of golf ever completed with a euphoric conclusion that is so perfect, tissues to-hand is a good idea.

All authorial profits from Open Links are gifted to the Anthony Nolan Trust, contributing to their life-saving work against blood cancer.

Reader Reviews

"A heart-warming tale so beautifully told. It provokes tears, laughter, and creates a warm sense of decency. A fabulous read and an equally great cause.”

Ewen Murray / Sky Sports

“…like playing in a major on a Sunday, you never know what’s ahead, but you just keep on hoping. And sometimes, your best hopes come in. This is what Open Links is like.”

Ian Woosnam

“Open Links is a page-turner like no other. A tale that draws you in right from the start, kindling a wonderful mixture of happiness and spellbinding heartache. It's a story that makes you think about the beauty of life and the secrets it holds - a journey of pure, heart-warming euphoria.” 

Tony Jacklin CBE

‘Everyone loves a sporting fairytale which is why everyone will love Open Links. Worth it for the slow reading page alone which made me howl and cheer.’

Dame Laura Davies

“A delightful story wonderfully told.  You do not have to be a golfer or a golf fan to enjoy this - but if you are you will love it.”

Iain Carter / BBC Golf Correspondent

‘A story that will stay with you. The author takes traditional ingredients of hopes and dreams, love and regret, and does something really quite magical with them.’

Golf Quarterly

“As I have never played golf, I was sceptical about reading Open Links, but thought I'd give it a go as the money went to a great cause (Anthony Nolan). But I loved it! Ricky Randal captured my heart from the first page, and the story just kept getting better with each character being introduced.  A fabulous easy heart-warming read for golfers or non-golfers alike.”

“Truly, Open links is the best book I have ever read. As a 16-year-old girl with no interest in golf and mostly never finish an entire book, I was surprised at how quickly I became enthralled by this story. Completely, heart-warming, I expect I will read it again and again.”

“…so glad I heard about this book. Absolutely loved it. The characters are so vivid, I found myself genuinely caring about them, and I couldn’t stop reading because I just needed to know what happens next! It made me laugh out loud but also it made me cry. There aren’t many writers who can do this. Don't be put off thinking it's all about golf.  It’s a perfect setting and backdrop for a beautiful story that everyone will enjoy... golf fan or not.”