LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Erik Compton spent last week in bed nursing a cold that had his heart specialist paying close attention.
“The doctors treated me as if I had the swine flu,” Compton said.
Compton, 30, who had his second heart transplant 18 months ago, was cautioned by his doctor to consider passing on playing this week in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney World. The threat of swine flu is especially dangerous to heart transplant patients. Compton underwent a series of tests before leaving his Miami home to make sure he didn’t have swine flu. Tests revealed just a bad cold.
“I’m feeling fine,” Compton said Friday after shooting his second even-par 72 at Disney World.
Compton would have felt even better if he had made a 20-foot birdie chance at his last hole in the second round. He needed to hole it to move inside the cutline. His putt slide right of the hole, leaving him to wait out the afternoon rounds to see if the cutline would move back a shot to allow him to play the weekend.
Whether he makes the cut or not, Compton has a big week ahead. He’s scheduled to play the second stage of Q-School at Southern Hills in Brooksville, Fla., Wednesday through Saturday. Compton tore through the first stage, winning at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., by seven shots with a 22-under total. Compton has played his way onto the Nationwide Tour before but is looking to win a PGA Tour card for the first time. Just six months after his second heart transplant, Compton missed getting to final stage by a shot at Southern Hills last year.
“I think it’s a good golf course for me,” Compton said. “There will be a lot of great players there, I just have to play well.”