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Legendary golf teacher Toski watches Koepka's victory from ICU

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Bob Toski and Brooks Koepka share an embrace at an event in Delray in 2013. (WPEC)

Some called last year's US Open victory a fluke for West Palm Beach native Brooks Koepka.

Don't they look silly now.

Koepka became the first person in almost 30 years to win back to back U.S. Opens, and one man, who had faith in him from the beginning, watched from the ICU in Boca Raton.

91-year-old Bob Toski started playing golf 8 decades ago. He's been teaching others how to play, for almost as long.

Five years ago, he knew the potential in Koepka.

The West Palm Beach native had been a top amateur in Palm Beach County, winning the Class A State Championship as a player at Cardinal Newman High School.

After a moderately successful career at FSU, Koepka went to Europe to play professionally. It was before he had even played a PGA Tour event, that Toski - the first living member of the Golf Teacher's Hall of Fame - held an event with Koepka in Delray, and called Koepka the next Arnold Palmer.

Anyone who's taken a lesson with Bob knows, he's never wrong.

But Toski almost missed Koepka's second big victory. 9 days ago, he complained of chest pains, and was taken to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. After his arrival, he suffered a major heart attack. His family says it took him 6 doses from a defibrillator, to bring him back to life.

Remarkably, he's gotten better by the day. Tuesday he's scheduled to be released from the ICU. He may be home for the weekend.

Sunday, Toski watched the U.S. Open with his son, no doubt thankful at being able to enjoy the sport he loves, and enjoy being right. Again.

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