The 2014 U.S. Open will always be remembered for the astonishing domination of Martin Kaymer as he strolled to his second major title in a manner reminiscent of Tiger Woods.
But it will also be remembered for the man who finished second — a golfer for whom even starting a major is an achievement close to a miracle. That man is Erik Compton, the underdog for whom everybody other...
You want a comeback story? How about a 34-year-old who's had TWO heart transplants coming in second at the US Open? Erik Compton's perseverence is nothing short of amazing.
((HT: Golf Channel/USGA))For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Erik Compton is a two-time heart transplant recipient (1992 and 2008). And to see what he has done in sports as a professional golfer is really cool...What he did at Pinehurst is flat out awesome- especially when doctors tell you that you're not going to play golf after the second translplant.Rex Hoggard'...
PINEHURST, N.C. -- In golf circles, the term 'Moving Day' sounds a lot sexier and peppier than 'Holding On For Dear Life Day.'
It just doesn't apply at the U.S. Open.
For Day 3 of the Open, the best strategy concept -- in terms of leapfrogging a number of title contenders -- involved playing things safe and simply hoping for the occasional birdie to supplement...
Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton is the winner of the inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award.
The PGA Tour Courage Award is for players who have overcome extraordinary adversity to make meaningful contributions to golf.
It's hard to find a better candidate than Compton. He was diagnosed at age 9 with viral cardiomyopathy and had his first heart transplant three years...
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October 09, 2013
Before he sets out to try to keep his PGA Tour card, Erik Compton received an award Wednesday that was just as meaningful.
Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, was selected for the Mildred ''Babe'' Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award by the United States Sports Academy. The award is given to a person who shows courage in overcoming adversity to excel in sport...
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November 07, 2012
Erik Compton keeps coming up clutch with a paycheck on the line.
Compton returned Saturday morning to finish his second round at the Northern Trust Open. He holed a 25-foot par putt on the seventh hole, saved par from short of the eighth green, then made a 20-foot par putt on his final hole for a 72 to make the cut on the number.
At the Sony Open this year, Compton finished birdie...
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February 18, 2012
All the rookies who are teeing it up this week at the Sony Open have their own tales of struggling to make it to the PGA Tour. None, though, have traveled the road taken by Erik Compton, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
January 10, 2012
Erik Compton, Billy Hurley and Ted Potter earned their 2012 PGA Tour cards Sunday at the Nationwide finale, and while Compton's medical miracle is hard to top, Steve Elling says all three stories are incredible in their own right.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton earned his PGA Tour card Sunday when he finished in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list.