Friday, July 30, 2010

Compton On Top of Leaderboard After Two Heart Transplants

Eric Compton's story is not your typical "road to the PGA" story.  He hasn't had the luxury of taking the normal path that most players do.  His life has been about comebacks and perserverence, and not just on the golf course.  HBO's Real Sports recently did a piece on Compton telling his remarkable story.

Compton was diagnosed at age 9 with cardiomyopathy, an enlarging of the heart that hinders its ability to pump blood. Three years later in 1992, he received a new heart at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital.
He was a No. 1-ranked amateur and a two-time All-American at Georgia before he turned professional in 2001, playing mostly on the Nationwide Tour but also qualifying for a few PGA Tour events.

But after a heart attack last October, it became clear he would need another transplant.

Compton underwent the second operation May 2, 2008 and has been battling back ever since.

With his highest PGA tour finish (T30) coming in the Arnold Palmer Invitational this March, Compton is not only looking to better that, but maybe finally add a win to his resume.  He is currently tied for the lead this week at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia, shooting 7-under 63.

Keep on eye on this story this weekend.  If everything goes well for Compton, this would trump everything as story of the year.

[, AP]


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