Brooks Koepka used to be the "other guy" in the house he shares with Peter Uihlein in South Florida.
Uihlein—2010 U.S. Amateur champion and European Tour winner—was an all-everything amateur before winning rookie of the year on the European Tour in 2013.
Koepka started last year one rung below Uihlein in Europe, but it didn't take him long to move up. Koepka won three Challenge Tour events in a two-month span, earning an automatic promotion to the European Tour.
Now the long-hitting Koepka is poised to double the number of tour cards in his pocket. Bolstered by a tie for third at the Frys.com Open in October, he played well enough in nine PGA Tour starts to receive conditional status and unlimited sponsor's exemptions for the rest of 2014.
"He's as good a young player as I've seen," says Claude Harmon III, who started working with Koepka early last year. "Not many players have the kind of speed Brooks has, and he has the perfect attitude. When he plays bad, he walks off the course and says, 'Let's fix this right now.' When it's fixed, he says, 'I'm gonna shoot low tomorrow.' "