Travis McKinley's life has drifted sideways. His job, his marriage, even his children all feel disconnected and distant. Has he really accomplished nothing of consequence in his life? One Christmas Day, Travis plays a round of golf and finds himself for the first time in the zone--playing like a pro. In astonishingly short order, Travis is catapulted into the PGA Senior Open at Pebble Beach, where he advances to the final round. And while his wife, his children, and a live television audience watch, a miracle takes place that changes Travis, and his family, forever.
Golfers know that scoring a double eagle (knocking in your second shot on a par 5) is even rarer than a hole-in-one, and James Patterson's first foray into the niche of golf fiction illustrates this bit of trivia by documenting the struggles of an amateur golfer who is trying to make good on his own improbable second shot at personal glory. Travis McKinley has built a comfortable life for himself and his family, but his relative abundance has come at the expense of his passion and ambition. On Christmas Day, Travis is indulging himself in one of the few joys left in his life, a round of golf, when he suddenly finds himself draining putts from all over the green. Unwilling to surrender his newfound serendipity, he plays straight through his family's annual Christmas dinner, much to his wife's displeasure. Amazingly, Travis maintains his magical aptitude on the links, but as he attempts to ascend into the ranks of the Senior PGA, his status at work and at home plummets, until he must decide if Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd are more important than his wife and kids.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Action + Thrillers, Religion + Beliefs, Family + Friendship, Sports + Games
- May 10, 2010
- May 10, 2010
- James Patterson, Peter De Jonge