Miracle on the 17th Green

Miracle on the 17th Green

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by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge, Hal Linden
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

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.
Library Journal
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
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."
From the Publisher
"A fast-moving golf fantasy."—Publishers Weekly

"Miracle on the 17th Green is...where miracles can happen to those who learn to dream again."—Chris Nelson, Calgary Sun"

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."—Nichol Ruth, The Evening Post (Wellington)"

This is a hopeful little gem, and you don't even have to like golf to enjoy it."—BookReporter.com"

Entertaining."—Kirkus Reviews"

A cross between It's a Wonderful Life and a masculine version of Sleeping Beauty."—Library Journal"

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."—Bill Ott, BookList

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.
BookList
BookReporter.com
"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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570424533
Publisher:
Hachette Audio
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 hours
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.62(d)

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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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Meet the Author

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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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Miracle on the 17th Green 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
TonyaL More than 1 year ago
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!
melicole More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Skippy1958 More than 1 year ago
More in keeping with his stand alone "romance" novels, this book was enjoyable with a nice ending.
PaulaD33 More than 1 year ago
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.
mnlakes More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. So nice to read sbout good things happening to good people!
taraDS More than 1 year ago
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.
TREBORNOSNHOJ More than 1 year ago
Perspective and plot ring so true. It will be a gift to many golfing friends. And even those who do not play the game.
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A superior novel compared to the trash that has been published under his name in recent years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The word "Novel" is used to describe this book, it's right in the title. Definition of Novel:" fictional prose of considerable length". This is NOT a novel it's a "ditty" and Barnes and Noble has no right to market it as such or to charge ten bucks for a Ditty, or Short Story written back in the 90's. While it's a pretty good read for a golfer it's worth about 3 bucks at barely over 100 pages. Is Barnes and Noble so desperate for your money that they have to promote this as trending and refuse to tell us the how many pages it is? Come on guys this is just wrong!
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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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