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Erik Compton |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/11/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 150
College: University of Georgia

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Erik Compton has a deep understanding as to what it means to be truly thankful on Thanksgiving Day.
Though only 35 years old, Compton is already on his third heart. That he's still walking the face of the earth is a huge story on its own. The last two PGA TOUR seasons have seen the University of Georgia product establish himself as a solid player, and 2014-15 is trending in that direction as well. He finished 99th in the 2013 FedExCup standings before improving to 64th with three top fives including a T2 at the U.S. Open in 2013-14. He's made each of his four cuts in the new season and finds himself 90th in the FedExCup standings and 91st in the Official World Golf Ranking. Perhaps the sky isn't the limit, but a breakthrough win isn't out of the question. Nov 27 - 4:15 PM

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Overnight co-leader Erik Compton scratched out an even-par 36-34=70 in his second round of The McGladrey Classic to post 5-under 135.

He regressed to sit four strokes off the 36-hole lead, but he can't be too displeased with the outcome given he landed only 10 greens in regulation at Seaside today. Compton opened with a beauty of the birdie from 29'2" at the par-4 10th, but his only notable conversion thereafter disappeared for pars -- 10'2" and 11'4" at the par-4 first and fourth holes, respectively. Both of his bogeys occurred on par 4s where he failed to find the putting surface on approach.
Oct 24 - 7:59 PM

Erik Compton spun a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in his opening round of The McGladrey Classic to snare a share of the clubhouse lead.

Compton opened with a birdie from 15'1" at the par-4 first hole to set the tone. He birdied the par-4 second from 31-and-a-half feet and added four more, including a 11'1" conversion at the par-4 16th. His only miscue was a bogey at the par-4 14th. Overall, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. At last check, he ranked second in the field in strokes gained: putting with a clip of 3.373.
Oct 23 - 1:59 PM

Erik Compton enjoyed a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in his second round of the Open.

Compton opened with a 74 at Silverado, so he's 4-under 140 at the midpoint, six strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. But today's effort is something on which he can build. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation en route to seven birdies. The set included conversions from 10'4" and 39'4" at the first and 14th holes, respectively. His only miscue came at the par-5 fifth hole where his fanned on a par try just inside 10 feet.
Oct 10 - 4:33 PM

Erik Compton will get his first peek at Cherry Hills Country Club at this week's BMW Championship.

Owning a 16-for-27 record on the season, Compton doesn't have the prototypical resume of a golfer who has made it this far. Instead, he has ridden the coattails of three top 5s to get him to his current ranking of 62nd in the FedExCup standings. With four missed cuts in his last five events, things are starting to look bleak, as he will need to rise at least 32 spots in the standings to make it into next week's TOUR Championship field.
Sep 3 - 9:17 PM

Erik Compton chased his opening, bogey-free 67 at The Barclays with a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in today's second round to post 5-under 137 and sit two strokes off the pace of the 36-hole clubhouse tri-leaders.

Compton went out in the second threesome off the 10th tee today and traded five birdies with three bogeys. A pair of his par breakers traveled longer than 10 feet, the highlight falling from 21 feet at the par-5 13th hole. It was a yeoman's effort overall given the fact that he hit only 11 greens in regulation.
Aug 22 - 4:43 PM

Erik Compton crafted a bogey-free, 3-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round of The Barclays.

In his first FedExCup Playoffs last year, Compton bowed out after the second leg. He opened this year's edition at 65th and laid the foundation for a deeper run this time around. He hit 14 greens, not including the par-4 first, which he birdied anyway with a conversion from the fringe eight yards away. Elsewhere, he picked off two more birdies and whiffed on only one try inside 12 feet, that for birdie from 4'11" at the par-4 11th. The 34-year-old went on to sign his card sitting two strokes off the pace of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Aug 21 - 12:57 PM

Erik Compton turns his attention to Royal Montreal Golf Club for this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Compton is 0-for-4 at Canadian's national championship, but 2014 is a career year, making past results just that, a thing of the past. He's been getting it done with the flat stick thus far, ranking 17th on TOUR in strokes gained-putting. Compton's 15-for-23 record doesn't scream consistency, but three top 5s on the year makes him a nice high-upside option who is still searching for his first PGA TOUR win.
Jul 23 - 11:13 AM

Erik Compton carded a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round of the Quicken Loans National.

He opened today's walk around Congressional with a birdie from 29-and-a-half feet at the par-3 10th hole. However, Compton sat 1-over through 14 holes, this despite another birdie (from 11'1") at the par-4 third. Undeterred, he closed birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie with notable conversions from 16'3" and 14'3" at Nos. 7 and 9, respectively, to finish just one stroke off the clubhouse lead. He'd finish first in strokes gained-putting clip at 5.106.
Jun 26 - 1:46 PM

Erik Compton tied for second in the 2014 U.S. Open with a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in the final round, ending his career-best week at 1-under 279.

What a story it would have been had the two-time heart transplant recipient hoisted the hardware at Pinehurst No. 2. While that wouldn't be the case, finishing eight strokes behind Martin Kaymer, he did managed to gain entry into the 2015 Masters by virtue of a top-four finish. In a post-round NBC interview, he admitted he had no idea a Masters big was on the line, and perhaps that's a good a thing. Joining him at Augusta National next year are Kaymer, Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson.
Jun 15 - 7:52 PM

Erik Compton lit up Pinehurst No. 2 for a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the U.S. Open to join Rickie Fowler in the clubhouse lead at 3-under 207.

The two-time heart transplant recipient circled an eagle and five birdies on a magical afternoon on a difficult course, handing back four bogeys in the process. His ball-striking was on point, finding 10 of 14 fairways and 13 GIR. Of 82 open qualifiers, he was the only one inside the top 10 at the time of his posting. Make no mistake, should Compton figure out a way to grind out his first PGA TOUR win on Sunday it would be one of the biggest stories in the world of sports in quite some time.
Jun 14 - 6:26 PM

Erik Compton has been removed from the published field of this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Compton survived a 5-for-3 playoff for a berth into the U.S. Open at the sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, so it's not terribly surprising that he wants to be prepared for the major. While he's admitted feeling stronger than ever in the last year or so, he'll forever be a concern for gamers given he's on his third heart. The proof is in the results, of course. Supported by a pair of T5s this season, the 34-year-old is 82nd in the FedExCup standings.
Jun 3 - 1:21 PM

Erik Compton has made three of his five cuts at the Memorial Tournament and is back again this week.

Compton hasn't done any better than a T38 in 2012 at Muirfield Village, but don't write him off on that alone. He's been consistently playing above his career curve the last few months, ranking 76th in the FedExCup standings. He did miss the cut in the HP Byron Nelson Championship in his last start, so don't invest without hedging.
May 27 - 8:47 PM

Erik Compton turned in a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to end his week in a share of the clubhouse lead with Robert Garrigus at 14-under 274.

Compton's biggest highlight came at the par-5 seventh, when he holed his 116'7" eagle pitch. He added a trio of birdies, including an 11'2" gem on the par-3 14th, to just one bogey the rest of the way. This will go in the books as his second top 10 of the 2013-14 season.
Apr 27 - 4:39 PM

Erik Compton backed up his opening 66 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in his second round.

He hit 13 greens in regulation and squared only one bogey while sinking five birdies today at TPC Louisiana. Compton's longest conversion measured 17'9" at the par-4 sixth hole, but he also rolled in a four-yarder from just off the green at 17. At 10-under 134, the 34-year-old is five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Apr 25 - 6:31 PM