In movie The Greatest Game Ever Played, whenever Harry Vardon tries to play a shot, he sees mysterious guys in Black Top Hats.

Who are those guys and what their role in the movie. What are they trying to represent?

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I believe they are flashbacks to the opening scene, in which young Harry is told that golf is a gentleman's game and therefore he shouldn't wish to play. He has now become the best golfer in the world, but he always remembers the day they told him he wasn't good enough.

While Ouimet is the main protagonist, Vardon is played up quite a bit as a sympathetic character because they both had to work their way up through external discouragement.


The men in the black hats are judges. There's one judge left himself. He makes them disappear because the only judge that matters is ones self. He does not judge himself, he does his best. So he makes the last judge disappear.

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