How a car accident forced Brooks Koepka to get into golf when he was 10 (Video)
When he was 10 years old, Koepka and his brother were involved in a car accident in their home state of Florida. The family nanny ran a red light and T-boned another car in the intersection, causing Koepka’s face to fly forward into the dashboard.
Koepka fractured his nose and sinus cavity in the accident. Because of his injuries, Koepka was told he couldn’t play contact sports for a full year. That meant no hockey or baseball for a while.
So, Koepka made the best of his situation and took up golf full time. He started playing Okeeheelee Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Fla. almost daily, and he began excelling at his new favorite sport.
Eventually, Koepka became good enough to field college golf offers as a teenager. He went on to play golf at Florida State University, and he never looked back.
Fast forward 20 years and Koepka has seven PGA Tour wins, four major championships, and over $30 million in career earnings. Koepka rose to the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world throughout his dominant run of four majors in six tries.
None of that would’ve been possible if not for the car accident that forced him to give up hockey and baseball as a kid. Koepka has stated he would pursue baseball harder if he could go back in time, but it’s hard to believe he’s unhappy with all the great success he’s had in golf.
Maybe Koepka owes his nanny a thank you.
Article originally appeared on: sportscasting.com