LOS ANGELES – Erik Compton was beaming after a 7-under-par 64 Sunday at the Northern Trust Open.
It was the lowest score posted in this week’s tournament at Riviera Country Club.
Compton tied for 25th, his best finish in a PGA Tour event. The two-time heart transplant recipient hasn’t received any sponsor invites this year, so he’s playing his way into events. He Monday qualified this week and says he’ll also try to Monday qualify into the Honda Classic in two weeks. He has conditional Nationwide Tour status.
Compton’s 64 wasn’t his lowest round in a PGA Tour event – he shot 63 at The Greenbrier Classic last year – but Compton said it was his best.
Compton, who worked out hard to get stronger in the offseason, was encouraged by the power he showed this week playing alongside Charles Howell III.
“I played with Charles at The Greenbrier in my last PGA Tour event last year, and I was really disturbed,” Compton said. “I didn’t feel like I was long enough to play the Tour. So, I worked out real hard in the offseason, and it showed, because I was able to keep it up with Charles today and a couple times I even got him. He noticed. I’ve been trying to boom the driver. That’s basically what this game has come to. I also need to get better with the wedge.”