Erik holds the distinction as being the only professional golfer in the world to compete with a transplanted heart. In
1992, Erik received his first heart transplant at the age of 12 and was forced to give up all contact sports.
2013 Courage Award Recipient
Erik Compton has been honored with the PGA TOUR Courage Award by the Player Director’s Panel and PGA TOUR Commissioner.
The PGA TOUR Courage Award is a new acknowledgment this year. Previously known as the Comeback Player of the Year Award, which has not been awarded
since 2010, it is now aimed to honor a player... Read more.
Learn About Erik Compton
Erik was born in Miami Florida where he learned he learned the game of golf at the age of 12. Six years later Erik became the #1 ranked junior golfer
in the United States and the 1998 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year. He accepted a scholarship to play golf for the University of Georgia,
where he went on to become a two time All-American playing on the 2001 Palmer Cup and Walker Cup teams... Read more.
It's an unbelievable story. The attitude that it takes to go through something like that, I don't think any of us could possibly understand it. There are very few people who have had organ transplants and who have survived and had great lives. They understand it. But to do what he's doing out here and being a professional and work his way to this level is just remarkable. - Tiger Woods