I've been watching the FedEx Cup finale in rain-drenched Atlanta. Yesterday, Tiger did something no one expected, hell, no one had ever seen before. He missed two putts inside five feet on fifteen and sixteen, two strokes that would have given him a three-shot lead after two rounds. Unheard of. Here's a man who makes more putts inside ten feet than anyone else on the tour. He hit a gorgeous five-wood into the par-5 fifteenth that left him a shortie for eagle. Missed it. He hit a gorgeous iron into sixteen to within four feet. Missed it. The world, the commentators, even Tiger couldn't believe it. It should be interesting to see how he responds today.
I'm just finishing a frighteningly tense novel called The Siege, by Stephen White. It's tense because White is a very good suspense novelist whose previous novels centered on a Boulder psychologist named Alan Gregory. It's frightening because the bad guy is an unseen terrorist holding a number of Yale students inside a fortress-like building called Book and Snake, one of the tombs that house Yale's secret societies. The FBI and all its components are trying to figure out what the unsub hopes to gain by holding the students hostage, allowing some of them to leave, killing others in very public ways. It seems that what he wants is information he could use to kill as many as 30,000,000 Americans. Frightening in what it implies our enemies might do in their war of terrorism against our country. We've come a long way since 9/11. Let's hope nothing like what Stephen White is telling us in this novel ever comes true.