Koepka, Spieth arrive at big moment after rough start

Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth have a shot at their own slice of history at the PGA Championship.

That might have looked like a long shot considering how they started their careers.

Go back seven years to find Koepka and Spieth near the end of their NCAA days — Koepka a senior at Florida State, Spieth a freshman at Texas — and then meeting again at the end of 2012 on the same course in the second stage of Q-school for the PGA Tour, both finishing with the same score.

Both failed to advance.

“I missed out on second stage and then had to write two essays for final exams so I could drop out of school,” Spieth said. “It was a weird time in my life.”

They turned pro with no status on a PGA Tour circuit, and both went very different directions from there.

Spieth received PGA Tour exemptions, including one that quickly sent him on his way to immediate stardom. Koepka had nowhere to go but the remote corners of the golfing world on the Challenge Tour, with no regrets how it turned out.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he says.

And here they are, among the biggest names in golf, even though Koepka’s game is in better shape at the moment.

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