The Year... in which Bob Howard never missed a putt
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Bob Howard is rewarded for doing a good deed by receiving the gift, for one year, of never missing a putt. This story covers how that happened and the result and consequences of this reward. More
Bob Howard is driving home from work one winter day when, due to a good deed he does, winds up having a personal one-on-one conversation with God.
The first chapter is devoted to Bob actually convincing himself that he actually is conversing with God and that this is not some elaborate prank initiated by some of his friends. Bob is given a gift from God for his good deed and that gift is that he, Bob, who is a semi-serious amateur golfer, will not miss a single putt for the next twelve months. The only real rule is Bob cannot tell anyone about this gift or the gift goes away.
Bob sets out the next day to test this gift even though all the golf courses are closed and, sure enough, he one putts every green he plays.
There is a segment as he convinces his friend, a local club pro, what he can do and requests his help. They make a trip to Florida, it’s cold where this story starts in Texas, and play golf to prove what he can do.
Another segment pertains to their recruitment of a caddy to help Bob in the upcoming year; a segment in Hawaii in which they convince a tournament official to give Bob a waiver to play if, for no other reason, the TV and press reactions his putting will bring.
The next few chapters involve Bob trying to figure out best how to capitalize on this gift which includes wrangling some invitations to play on the PGA tour.
Bob plays in a few other professional events, finishes well and, true to form, one putts every green.
One chapter takes place during a rain-day at the Humana Challenge in Palm Springs and involves a rather interesting poker game.
The ending comes when the year expires. Bob has decided to “get away from it all” for a few weeks to determine what he should do next and is in Fiji when he comes across another very interesting person… The story ends pretty well up in the air with the reader allowed to draw their own conclusions.