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Overview

Travis McKinley is an ordinary man living an ordinary life - he has a job that he despises, a marriage that has lost its passion, children from whom he feels disconnected, and at age fifty, a sense that he has accomplished nothing of consequence with his life. But on Christmas Day, he goes out to play a round of golf, and for the first time, he finds himself in the "zone." He sees the putting line that has eluded him for years. Always a fairly good golfer, he finds himself playing like a pro and is so caught up in his excitement that he continues to play, sinking putt after putt, missing Christmas dinner with his wife and family. It is too much for his already troubled marriage. His family collapses - but Travis is soon too busy living his dream to notice. His amazing new golf skills catapult him into the PGA Senior Open at Pebble Beach, where he advances to the final round with two of his heroes, Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd. And with his wife, children, and a live television audience watching, a miracle takes place on the 17th green that will change Travis, and his family, forever.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While it isn't quite the literary equivalent of a hole-in-one, this fast-moving golf fantasy about an amateur golfer who decides to try out for the PGA Senior Tour has enough sweetness and humor to overcome its obvious plot clichs. Middle-aged and happily married, Travis McKinley does the unthinkable: he misses Christmas dinner after getting caught up in a divinely inspired streak of great putting during an outing on the country club course in Winnetka, Ill. As Travis's obsession with his newfound talent takes over his life, his obstetrician wife, Sarah, expresses increasing dismay over his inability to grow up, a domestic crisis that reaches a boiling point when Travis loses his job and journeys to Tallahassee, Fla., to try to qualify for the Senior Tour. Competing against overwhelming odds, Travis earns a place on the tour, only to have his dream spoiled when he learns that Sarah intends to file for divorce. As he continues to compete against the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, the victory that will fulfill Travis's dream and reunite him with his family is as improbable as it is inevitable. Plot issues aside, Patterson (whose newest thriller is Jack and Jill) and de Jonge succeed admirably in creating a winning character who is enough of a child to believe his dreams and is also mature enough to offer some gently humorous reflections on our national obsession with an engaging sport. Christmas shoppers take note: vigorous, straightforward prose and solid characterization put this second golf fable of the season in a far different league from the mystical, romantic The Legend of Tommy Morris.
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Think of this short novel by best-selling thriller writer Patterson (Hide & Seek LJ 12/95) and journalist de Jonge as a cross between It's a Wonderful Life and a masculine version of Sleeping Beauty. On Christmas Day, Travis McKinley is playing golf when suddenly he acquires perfect vision for the putt. In a zone, he plays brilliant golf and misses Christmas dinner with his family, where things are already rocky. The wife he adores wants to leave him, and he doesn't know why, although it may be because working 30 years in an advertising job he hates has strangled his growth and enthusiasm. When he's fired, he is liberated to see whether he really can play professional golf. Travis qualifies for the Professional Golfers Association Senior Tour, and it changes him and his family forever. Buy this for all the middle-aged male golfers who still have the spark of a dream left in them, as well as for those who've given up.Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Iowa
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Think of this short novel by best-selling thriller writer Patterson (Hide & Seek LJ 12/95) and journalist de Jonge as a cross between It's a Wonderful Life and a masculine version of Sleeping Beauty. On Christmas Day, Travis McKinley is playing golf when suddenly he acquires perfect vision for the putt. In a zone, he plays brilliant golf and misses Christmas dinner with his family, where things are already rocky. The wife he adores wants to leave him, and he doesn't know why, although it may be because working 30 years in an advertising job he hates has strangled his growth and enthusiasm. When he's fired, he is liberated to see whether he really can play professional golf. Travis qualifies for the Professional Golfers Association Senior Tour, and it changes him and his family forever. Buy this for all the middle-aged male golfers who still have the spark of a dream left in them, as well as for those who've given up.Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Iowa
Bill Ott
Patterson and coauthor de Jonge add a new twist by melding a golf story onto a sentimental Christmas fable. The resulting plot is sort of Rocky Does the Senior Tour with just a hint of It's a Wonderful Life.
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"This is a hopeful little gem, and you don't even have to like golf to enjoy it."
Chris Nelson
Miracle on the 17th Green is...where miracles can happen to those who learn to dream again.
Calgary Sun
Nichol Ruth
Even if you don't know a birdie from a putter you can still enjoy this sweet tale of a middle-aged golfer's extraordinary blossoming.
The Evening Post (Wellington)
Chris Nelson - Calgary Sun
"Miracle on the 17th Green is...where miracles can happen to those who learn to dream again."
John Feinstein
"There are many among us who see golf as a healer of the soul and Miracle on the 17th Green, is a wonderful example of how uplifting that belief can be."
Nichol Ruth - The Evening Post (Wellington)
"Even if you don't know a birdie from a putter you can still enjoy this sweet tale of a middle-aged golfer's extraordinary blossoming."
Bill Ott - BookList
"Patterson and coauthor de Jonge add a new twist by melding a golf story onto a sentimental Christmas fable. The resulting plot is sort of Rocky Does the Senior Tour with just a hint of It's a Wonderful Life."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316693356
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/5/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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Miracle on the 17th Green


By James Patterson Peter de Jonge

Back Bay Books

Copyright © 1999 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-69335-9


Chapter One

It was Christmas morning and a balmy 38 degrees. In other words, a perfect day for golf, and there I stood on the semifrozen mud of the 17th tee at the Creekview Country Club in Winnetka, Illinois.

My marriage was disintegrating. My three kids, whom I love more than life itself, didn't know what to make of me lately, and I had a terrible feeling that come January, I was going to be fired from my job at Leo Burnett. Who knows, if everything went as badly as it possibly could, there was a chance I might be one of the homeless after that.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

I bent down, teed up an old scuffed Titleist, and squinted through the wind at the long tight par 5, lined on both sides by towering black leafless elms.

Now what follows is one of those mystical, largely unexplainable, out-of-body experiences, so please bear with me. Or as Fin Scully used to say at the start of his golf telecasts, pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable. I admit that in sheer unlikelihood, this probably ranks right up there with Truman upsetting Dewey, It's a Wonderful Life, and John Daly winning the British Open.

What can I say? Stuff happens to people. Tragedies befall saints. Fortune smiles on cretins. Extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. And this happened to me.

Since it is such a crucial number in this story, I should point out that I was starting my round on 17. Despite the unseasonable thaw, it was Christmas, the course was empty, and 17 just happened to be the tee closest to where I parked. Anyway, I knocked the cover off my drive.

Nothing unusual about that. I hit the ball farther than the pro here at Creekview. I even hit the ball farther than the current champ, Mark Duffel, who's twenty.

I trudged down the fairway, nudged my ball away from a sprinkler head, and hit my second shot, a 185-yard, 5-iron, stiff. Suddenly, I was feeling better. To hell with my problems. Golf can have that effect.

Now, here comes the weird part. This is where everything gets a little spooky, and I took my first step on this road-either to salvation or damnation.

I stroked that putt so clean and solid.

Strange.

I put such a pure sweet roll on it, the ball traveled over the grass like a bead of mercury rolls across the floor after you break a thermometer.

The beginning of a miracle. A harbinger. A sign.

The little white ball dropped into the little white cup for eagle.

I was hooked.

I was elated.

I was doomed.

I must tell you right now however, that this isn't the so-called Miracle on 17. Not even close.

I hurried to the next tee.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    Good Book

    I have to say this is a farely good book. I found the part that just talk about golf kinda boring. I am not that much into to golf. However I loved the story line!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Best if you're a golfer!

    A very nice story, well told. My only problem was the constant golf terminology. Not being a golfer, I found it difficult to fully understand all of what the author was trying to say at times. It was to be expected since the story is about a golfer. James Patterson never tells a bad story! It was a nice change of pace from his typical crime or mystery type novels. Mr. Patterson & Mr. de Jonge made the transition beautifully!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    sports are really not JUST sports

    In this book, the reader is treated to all the wonderful aspects of a sport 'in this case golf' with the added bonus of life lessons and concepts as well. This sort of book has become my passion of late. I just love the concept. And there are some really good ones out there right now!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    A Different Style for Patterson

    More in keeping with his stand alone "romance" novels, this book was enjoyable with a nice ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I picked up the book and didn't put it down until I was finished. A real page turner. I love golf so this was a heartwarming book. You Rock James Patterson & Peter DeJonge. Loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Life affirming!

    Loved this book. So nice to read sbout good things happening to good people!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    Wonderful

    I loved loved this book. I am not a golfer but hubby is and I found it heart warming. Great book but again would not expect anything less from Mr. Patterson. I love all of his books and the heart togging that he does so well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    Had to grab my golf clubs after I finished!

    This is the type of book where it is impossible to put it down. As someone who has competed in golf tournaments and knows the stress as competition, this was a gripping read. This is a story of going for your dreams and also reaffiriming what you have. The only negative of the book was having James Patterson's name plastered on the cover. Yet another book he's making money off of,for doing nothing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    It was okay

    I read this book because it was for my book club. It's not the best James Patterson but very readable. Frankly, I thought the guy in the book was a jerk! And I thought his family was very forgiving. I would recommend it to people who are golfers because most of the golf terminology meant nothing to me. I've always read and enjoyed James Patterson and will continue to do so. I like his style in other books I've read.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    FEEL GOOD STORY

    LOVED THIS! AUDIO BOOK ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON DRIVE TO VISIT FAMILY -

    TOTALLY A FEEL GOOD STORY!

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Miracle on the 17th green

    This book was originally published in 1996, so how can it be a new book published in May, 2010. I do not play golf, but it was a good read and can be read in a day.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Great Quick Read

    This book was a very uncomplicated, quick, read. It had an interesting premise. The main character is mired in a mid-life muck and does not seem to realize it until his golf game comes together while his personal and professional life fall apart. This character is very likable and it is easy go along with this character on his adventures. While attracted to the idea of a quick read, I was disappointed when I finished the book as I wanted to spend some more time with this character and his adventure. Also, as a new golfer I loved the opportunity this book gave me to fantasize about my own game and say what if.....

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Great

    I liked it very much.
    I recomend to al the golf players

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    This book is no bogey!!!

    If you like golf, this is a must read book. This page turner is a 'miracle' of the writers. It makes you think not only about the game of golf, but life in and out of golf. It also makes you think that all things just may be possible. Read, enjoy, contemplate, and go play eighteen!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    Blah

    I read the book and forced myself to finish it because I don't like to start a book and and not finish. I guess I am so accustomed to his other novels that I found this book to be one that drags on. I like books with emotion and feeling, I loved Suzannes diary for Nicholas, but this book was my least favorite. Every author has his dull moment and this was his.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2003

    Perspective

    Golfers are accused often of being fanatical about the game, but Miracle on the 17th Green puts golf into perspective in relationship to real-life events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    Makes you look forward to tomorrow

    What a wonderful read. Enjoyable, emotional and heartwarming, it gives anyone with a dream hope. Thank goodness that it is short because anyone that starts it going to bed will be late for work. Must read for anyone boarding a plane for a golf trip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    A 'must' quick read

    This book is just a great way to spend an hour or two, especially around the Holidays. The story is something we can all relate to, a man going thru his mid-life crisis, and it is written in 1st person which is a wonderful change from most books. There's humor, suspense, good character development, and the kind of ending I appreciate. Just a note - I don't golf!

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