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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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After withdrawing from today's Barclays on his ninth hole, Erik Compton has circled the Open on Oct. 15-18 to return to competition.
The season-opening stop at Silverado is the next PGA TOUR event for golfers who don't advance to next week's Deutsche Bank. Compton was already facing a tall task of surviving as the 122-seed at Plainfield. In addition to gout that flared on Friday and into Saturday last week, he informed that he was also dealing with a respiratory infection upon arrival in New Jersey. "You're fine one night and you wake up and feel like your foot is broken," he said, referring to last week's recurring malady due to the combination of medication he takes. "I've been in bed throughout the weekend. Monday I went to the doctor. And on top of that, I got an upper respiratory infection. I should have just stayed home, but I tried to wing it." He took some heat for not withdrawing during the second round last week since the 36-hole cut fell right on the top 70, but for every suspect WD, there's a guy like Compton who epitomizes the TOUR's provision to give his best effort. Aug 27 - 9:18 PM

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Erik Compton withdrew during his opening round of The Barclays, citing respiratory issues.

He was already a question mark after withdrawing at the halfway point of last week's Wyndham Championship with an injury to his left foot and ankle, but today's explanation is obviously of greater concern given he's on his third heart. For the record, Compton walked off Plainfield Country Club after finding the rough right of the fairway off the tee on the par-4 ninth hole. He was 6-over-par through eight with one birdie, three bogeys and two doubles. He arrived slotted 122nd in the FedExCup Playoffs, so his season is over. UPDATE: Compton later wrote the following on Twitter: "Not how I wanted to end a season. No amount of determination was going to get me healthy, but I had to try. I am down, I will get up. Fact!"
Aug 27 - 4:49 PM

Erik Compton withdrew from the Wyndham Championship before his third round, citing an ankle injury.

The PGA TOUR's Media page on Twitter stated, "aggravated sore ankle," so Compton must have been dealing with the issue for a while. He was slated to go off the first tee at 10:09 a.m. ET. He co-led the tournament with an opening 62 before drifting outside the top 40 with Friday's 74. This is his fourth mid-tournament WD in 134 PGA TOUR starts as a professional. Compton will qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs, but he's projected to start The Barclays sitting outside the top 115. Needing a strong week to advance, it wouldn't be surprising if he's not able to play, but the 35-year-old was optimisitic on Twitter, writing, "Unfortunately, I've had to withdraw from the @WyndhamChamp championship. Could put pressure on my left foot. Hopeful for the playoffs.!!"
Aug 22 - 12:09 PM

Overnight tri-leader Erik Compton blew up for a 4-over-par 37-37=74 in today's second round of the Wyndham Championship.

Compton created a dozen chances to bury a birdie, but came up dry. Instead, he squared four bogeys, including on both par 5s. It's the kind of back-pedaling reserved for a more difficult track or a reversal of weather, but he simply failed to execute at Sedgefield today, losing over four-and-a-half strokes to the field. At 4-under 136, the 35-year-old is suddenly seven swings off the pace of the overnight co-leaders.
Aug 21 - 7:08 PM

Erik Compton enjoyed a bogey-free, 8-under-par 34-28=62 for his opening round of the Wyndham Championship where he shares the clubhouse lead with William McGirt.

Sedgefield Country Club didn't have a chance this morning. If Tiger Woods can shoot 64, guys in better form are also going to pounce. Compton hasn't necessarily been populating leaderboards, but he's 114th in the FedExCup standings after a serviceable season. Today's stroll was nearly flawless, though. He missed only one of the 14 fairways and hit all 18 greens in regulation. That precision yielded a field-tying-high eight birdies, including seven on his inward side. The set was highlighted by connections from 13'3" and 16'10" at Nos. 4 and 7, respectively. At last check, he led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green at 4.527. Oh, and this is his lowest aggregate in 415 PGA TOUR rounds as a professional.
Aug 20 - 1:19 PM

Erik Compton smoked-and-mirrored his way to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in today's second round of the RBC Canadian Open, arriving at the break in 9-under 135, five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Compton found nine of the 14 fairways but he landed only 10 greens in regulation. Those misfires led to three bogeys, all consecutively on his inward nine. He also squared a three-putt bogey at the par-3 12th hole, but he compensated with seven birdies at Glen Abbey. The most impressive found the target from the rough 11 yards away at the par-4 14th hole. Compton also salvaged par from 11'9" at the par-4 17th.
Jul 24 - 2:40 PM

Erik Compton cruised to a 6-under-par 31-35=66 in today's opening round of the RBC Canadian Open, finishing two shots off Emiliano Grillo's overnight lead.

With a T39 in Alabama last week, Compton remained 119th in the FedExCup standings, so he knows what's at stake in the now. He went as low if not a shot lower than he'd have hoped at Glen Abbey today after finding only four (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. Compton limited the damage to a lone bogey while gathering five birdies. But it was what happened at the par-3 seventh that jumps off his scorecard. From 141 yards, the 35-year-old recorded a 1. It's the 35th on the PGA TOUR this season. Incidentally, his longest birdie measured 16 feet at the par-4 fifth, but Compton also salvaged par from just outside 10 feet at Nos. 10 and 11.
Jul 23 - 7:02 PM

Erik Compton posted 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's opening round of the Barbasol Championship, finishing two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

He arrived in Alabama sitting 119th in the FedExCup standings. As a proven talent on Bermudagrass, Compton flashed that form en route to an eagle-3 and five birdies. His only notable par breaker dropped for birdie from just 10'2" at the par-4 15th hole, but his longest conversion of the round measured 11'10" for par at the par-3 eighth. He totaled 14 greens in regulation. At last check, Compton ranked fourth in strokes gained: putting at 3.234. This is his fourth consecutive sub-par score to open a tournament, and the sixth in his last seven, but he has no top 35s to show for the hot starts.
Jul 16 - 2:46 PM

Erik Compton descends upon the Quad Cities for his third playing of the John Deere Classic.

Compton enters the week 115th in the FedExCup standings cashing 13 times in 22 events on the season with one top 10 (T10, Humana Challenge). He's missed his last three weekends on TOUR, including an early departure at last week's Greenbrier Classic on rounds of 69-73. Compton is 2-for-2 at the Deere with a T44 in 2013 and a T13 in 2012. The 35-year-old, who has never won on the PGA TOUR (130 career starts) played in the season's first two majors via his T2 at the 2014 U.S. Open. If he wants to play in the season's third major, the Open Championship, there is one qualifying spot available this week at the JDC.
Jul 7 - 9:55 PM

At 7-under-par 68-69=137, Erik Compton is five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead at the Memorial.

Compton is 103rd in the FedExCup standings, but he's been quiet for the most part this season with just two top 25s. What's odd is that he's making noise at Muirfield Village where he had broken par just once in 18 rounds before connecting red numbers this week. Overall, he's buried an eagle and 12 birdies against five bogeys and a double. Today's set of six birdies included a pair from 11 feet and longer, but he also holed out from off the green nine yards away at the par-4 13th and rolled in four-yarder from the fringe at the par-3 16th.
Jun 5 - 2:45 PM

Erik Compton makes his way to Irving, Texas, for this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

The Georgia Bulldog is 2-for-3 at this event, with a missed cut as his most recent, and a T33 as his best. He's signed for red numbers in two of his 10 rounds at TPC Four Seasons Resort-Las Colinas with the highlight being a 7-under 63 in the second round of 2013 running. Compton has played the weekend in six of his last seven starts, and that makes him a serviceable option for gamers needing a lower-tier selection this week.
May 26 - 8:28 AM

Erik Compton followed his opening 66 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round to post 9-under 135, three strokes off the 36-hole lead.

Compton walked off with a par save from 26'5" at the par-5 18th hole for a spot just outside the top 10 on the leaderboard at the midpoint. Prior to it, he traded five birdies with two bogeys. That's rather efficient given he manufactured only 11 scoring opportunities.
Apr 25 - 10:25 AM

Erik Compton went 5-for-5 in scrambling and buried six birdies en route to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-32=66 in today's opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Compton sure loves himself Bermudagrass, but he's gone eight starts without a top 40, not to mention that he missed five consecutive cuts to bridge the West Coast Swing and Florida Swing. His most notable birdies measured a respective 14'4", 24'1" and 13'1" at the 13th, first and ninth holes, respectively. Compton walked off TPC Louisiana two strokes back of Boo Weekley's clubhouse lead.
Apr 23 - 3:22 PM

Erik Compton makes fifth-career visit to the Shell Houston Open.

Overall, Compton's 3-for-4 at the GC of Houston. His T12 last year perks some interest but his form this season quickly dampens any enthusiasm. He followed a T10 at Humana with five-straight missed cuts and a T43 two weeks ago at the API. With the exception of his putter (40th in strokes gained: putting) he's been abysmal in most key performance stats.
Mar 31 - 2:02 PM

Erik Compton makes his ninth start of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season at The Honda Classic.

Compton has missed his last three cuts on the PGA TOUR, but perhaps a return to Florida is exactly what he needs. Born in Miami, he's made each of is four cuts at PGA National's Champion Course. The highlight was a T4 in 2013, which essentially served as the catalyst to what has been a very nice 24-month run on TOUR. Before that week, he wasn't much more than a journeyman in professional golf. Now he is thought of as a much more established player on the PGA TOUR.
Feb 25 - 10:24 AM