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May 29, 2021

Two-Time Heart Transplant Recipient Erik Compton in Contention

Erik Compton is in contention this week at the 2021 Charles Schwab Challenge. But this challenge is nothing compared to what Compton has been through in his life.

At an early age, Compton was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, which causes an inflamed heart muscle. Due to his condition, he had to get a heart transplant at age 12...Read more.

May 27, 2021

Two-time heart transplant recipient's heartbeat surged Thursday on the PGA Tour, and why he's OK with that

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of playing on the PGA Tour for Erik Compton.

The 41-year-old two-time heart transplant recipient, who has spent most of his time competing on the Korn Ferry Tour the past five years, can tell the difference based on his heart rate alone...Read more.

March 21, 2021

Erik Compton, his foundation gift $12,500 donation to First Tee – Miami

The Honda Classic was an opportunity for Erik Compton to make an impact - both on the course at PGA National, and off it.

Compton, 41, Monday-qualified into this week’s PGA TOUR event with a 7-under 65, earning his first TOUR start since he got into The Honda Classic in the same fashion two years ago...Read more.

February 29, 2016

Golfer Erik Compton finds second family through heart transplants

DUBLIN, OH - For Erik Compton, PGA Tour golfer, two heart transplants have given him the opportunity to play golf at the game’s highest level.

At the same time, those two heart transplants created something much more important. They allowed Compton to enjoy and love a family, being with wife, Barbara, and seeing 7-year-old daughter Petra running around here, there and everywhere...Read more.

June 25, 2015

Compton's chance encounter with donor's aunt

DUBLIN, OH - At exactly this time last year, Erik Compton had a lot of balls in the air. Fresh off a career-best T2 finish at the U.S. Open, everyone in the media world, it seemed, was jockeying for their one-on-one interview.

And, as timing would have it, the major championship aftershock coincided with a series of pre-planned trips to Hartford-area hospitals. There, he would visit with patients awaiting new leases on life, just as he had done, twice...Read more.

April 6, 2015

Compton's Masters dream becomes a reality

AUGUSTA, GA - AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Erik Compton has fantasized about playing in the Masters Tournament since he was 8 or 9 years old. He just didn't think it would take him 27 years for that dream to become reality.

Of course, Compton's road to Magnolia Lane has been more arduous than most....Read more.

June 14, 2014

Erik Compton Adding to Remarkable Story with Impressive 2014 US Open Performance

PINEHURST, NC — He's tied for second in the biggest tournament of the year, American's national championship, the U.S. Open. Erik Compton, who probably shouldn't even be playing golf, or anything else, is ahead of Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

Ahead of people blessed with the heart with which they were born. Compton has not been that fortunate. He has received a heart transplant. Twice... Read more.

June 14, 2014

2014 US Open: Erik Compton writing new storylines in Pinehurst

PINEHURST, NC - Erik Compton is tied for second place after posting a 67, matching the lowest score on a day where Phil Mickelson said it was "very unlikely" anyone would shoot under par.

The next hours will be filled with retreading the bullet points on Compton's life and career: two heart transplants (one in 1992, one in 2008), zero PGA Tour wins and just one other major appearance at the 2010 US Open... Read more.

June 14, 2014

Pinehurst Scary? Not After Heart Surgery

PINEHURST, N.C. — While Erik Compton rested for his Saturday afternoon round at the United States Open, his mother, Eli, monitored the morning wave of players at Pinehurst No. 2. It was like watching a man-made disaster unfold. The first 33 golfers to tee off averaged 75.06 strokes, and four did not break 80... Read more.

March 23, 2014

Compton shoots 69, records second career top 10

ORLANDO, Fla. – Erik Compton recorded his second career top 10 on the PGA Tour and said this week’s performance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational might have been his best ever.

Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, shot a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for fifth at Bay Hill. His only other top 10 in 93 career PGA Tour starts was a T-4 at last year's Honda Classic... Read more.

February 26, 2014

Watch out for 'wacky' Compton at Honda's 10th hole

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Erik Compton might make you scratch your head watching him tee it up at No. 10 during this week’s Honda Classic at PGA National.

He has been navigating the Champion Course since he was the nation's No. 1 junior. He knows all the shortcuts, and he isn’t afraid to take them, even when it makes him look as if he's driving the wrong way on I-95... Read more.

October 9, 2013

Interview: Tim Finchem, Erik Compton

COMISSIONER FINCHEM: All right, let me just say we're delighted to be here today and to start the 2013/2014 season. I got to get used to saying it that way with two years in it. We've had a good year this year, and a really compelling Presidents Cup last week to conclude the year. Now we're off and running with FedExCup competition as we look to the next 12 months.

The results of the restructure, of course starting with the new season right now, are yet to be determined. But we feel very positive about the opportunity to get players into FedExCup competition with full points in the fall for the first time and get to the holidays when we'll have an actual competitive list of players and how they're competing so we can talk a lot about that over the holidays, which is a good promotional time for us. So we like that....Read more.

November 25, 2013

What I'll Remember About 2013: Compton full of class ... and smiles

Compton is a two-time heart transplant recipient. Before his second heart transplant, he drove himself to the emergency room while he was having a heart attack. He thought he might not survive. Compton didn’t just survive, though; he thrived. He made it all the way back to pursue his dream of playing golf on the biggest stage of all. And his success last season was the inspiration for him to be recognized in October with the inaugural PGA TOUR Courage Award. Nobody is more deserving.

I got the chance to see Compton's fighting spirit during the final round of The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup Playoffs. Of the 125 players in the field, just the top 100 in points would advance to the following week's Deutsche Bank Championship. Compton arrived at Liberty National in 117th place and likely needed to finish somewhere around 40th place to move inside the top 100.... Read more.

November 7, 2012

What they said: Erik Compton

Erik, very honored to be here and give you this award. I'm with the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. We're the largest graduate school in sport education in America with a bachelor's and at the doctoral level. Every year we do our Award for Sport. This is our 28th annual Award for Sport, and we're pleased to give you our Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award. As you may know, Babe was a professional golfer on the women's tour and she suffered cancer. A month after finishing her treatment, she won her tenth and final major. But we're honored to present this award to you, being a two- time heart recipient. You have the kind of story that inspires all of us. You over came all of the obstacles. People probably thought there was no way you could make the highest level of professional golf. You did and you're here. So congratulations. And if you give me a minute, I'll give you this medal... Read more.

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