EDISON, N.J. – Erik Compton didn’t want his season to end this way, 6 over par just eight holes into the first playoff stop, but his body was simply unwilling.
Slowed in recent weeks by the gout and a respiratory infection, Compton withdrew from The Barclays on Thursday and ended his season.
“On the course today it’s like, man, I can’t do this. I would have hated to make the playoffs and not show up [at The Barclays],” Compton told GolfChannel.com.
Compton is 122nd on the FedEx Cup point list and will not qualify for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
The two-time heart transplant recipient also withdrew from last week’s Wyndham Championship when he awoke Saturday morning and was unable to walk because of the effects of gout.
“I felt it coming on Friday, and Saturday morning I got a full-blown attack,” he said. “I couldn’t even walk to the bathroom.”
Compton flew home to Miami and saw his doctor on Monday who put him on a double treatment of antibiotics for the respiratory infection and the gout, which is a common ailment suffered by transplant recipients. When he teed off on Thursday at Plainfield, he hadn’t touched a golf club in nearly a week.
“You have to be healthy, and I know it’s important to start [next season] fast,” said Compton, who plans to be ready to play by the Frys.com Open in October to begin the 2015-16 season.