In Support of Compton


The Comebacker begins this edition with a sampling of the heavy dose of Erik Compton e-mails. Compton, in case youve been ice-fishing outside of Reykjavik, last Saturday missed advancing to Q-Schools final stage by one agonizing shot.
He has had two heart transplants but, at the moment, has no status on the PGA or Nationwide Tours. He isnt even sure if he will be able to find health insurance for all of 2008. And the medical bills are mounting, not to mention that his wife is pregnant with their first child.
So, without further ado:
Ray writes: Our hearts are clenching for him. Is there nothing that we can do to help some kind of fund? He needs his medicine, and his health insurance, both for himself and his pregnant wife. We are praying. But is there anything else we can do?
The Comebacker
Keep praying. And maybe a benefactor will get word of Comptons plight. Its interesting to note that there is concern that Tour players might not get courtesy cars at every stop next year while Erik Compton might not get the anti-rejection heart meds he needs to keep himself alive.

Lynn writes: Someone needs to get out there and help him. Give him exemptions to play and somehow help pay his insurance. I would watch someone like him over all of the egos that are out there now. There are enough players out there making a lot of money and instead of spending it on big houses and cars they can help one of (their) fellow players.
The Comebacker
There is no shortage of worthwhile causes in the world, especially in this economy. But if the Tour players want to take care of one of their own kind, they could do worse than starting with Compton.

Terry writes: As we each go through our own life challenges, and Erik Compton's makes most of ours seem like small potatoes, there are two quotes on my office wall that help guide me. The first is a card with the following quote: A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn. Erik Compton has made the turn in a big way. I trust he will win at every stage of life; he has already qualified. The second quote is the classic from Sir Winston Churchill: Never, Never, Never give up. Erik Compton is a winner no matter what criteria you are using; he just happens to be one stoke short on this opportunity.
The Comebacker
Of all the stories The Comebacker rooted for this year, Compton was at the top of the list.

Dave writes: It should be no surprise to anyone about the withdrawal of the (courtesy) cars. This is the first of more to come. Nobody and I do mean nobody in the paying audience of the golf tournament wants to hear one peep of complaint from the players. I would hope that many of the Tour players are at times a bit embarrassed by the treatment they get. If they aren't, then shame on them. Many perks I'm sure are way over the top. The once revered Wachovia Championship appears to be headed for something closer to the John Deere Classic after 2010 when the contract is up. Snap back to reality boys ' it will not and should not be the same. It's time to start worrying about the health of the (T)our and WAY less about each player. If the prize money is there, then the players should play. If they don't play or complain about the perks, then as a player, be prepared to duck! And while they're at it, maybe they could take a few pointers from what the LPGA is doing to improve their (t)our. The objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.
The Comebacker
There will be a reckoning in 2009. The only question is how big it will be. But, meanwhile, the biggest adjustment will be made by the big stars under the age of 30. Those are the guys who have never known it any other way: Courtesy cars; on-site dry cleaning etc. etc. Dave is right. Nobody is going to want to hear a peep.

Roger writes: Phil, It was great to see you in Singapore last week at the Barclays Singapore Open. I suspect you were well treated, and didnt hear any idiots shouting in the hole. Im sure you will agree that the courses too are as good as others anywhere in the USA or Europe. So whats my point? Why was it only you here representing the USA? Ok, so I know you are sponsored by Barclays, but surely some of your friends on the PGA Tour must be at least a little bit intrigued by what its like over here? Why dont you ask a few of your fellow PGA Tour stars to join you next time you come, or even suggest they make their own way here? We watch the PGA Tour on the Golf Channel, and enjoy the golf, but we never get to see you live in action, and you never get to see the other side of the world, which in all probability is where the future of the game lies. Or is it all just about the money?
The Comebacker
Roger, I still dont get your point. How is it Phil Mickelsons fault that other golfers didnt play in Singapore? And, sorry pal, but the golf courses in Asia are not as good as others anywhere in the USA or Europe.

Gerry writes: The sweetest sound I remember, if regretfully gone forever, was the sound of a squarely struck persimmon driver on a wound balata ball. That was true feedback. The oversized, high MOI titanium tennis rackets we play with today make the same annoying metallic bplink (and produce consistent results) regardless of where on the face contact is made.
The Comebacker
How do I pronounce bplink?

Emmitt writes: In terms of Tiger not playing much in Texas, I was always of the opinion that the PGA Tour insists these guys play a 'regular' tour event at least once in five years (see LPGA). With the situation with the economy on a roller-coaster ride, which will not slow down for awhile and will reverberate throughout the world of sport, including golf, studs like Tiger, Phil, Sergio and Anthony Kim should be asked (forced) to support some of the lesser-known tournaments which may not survive this latest crash.
The Comebacker
This mandatory rotation rule is an idea whose time may come very soon on the PGA Tour.

Charles writes: My pet peeve is the guys who will grab the flagstick and stand next to the hole while you are trying to make a 2-3-foot putt. It invariably causes the player putting to hurry the putt. The guys I play with are now all well trained and I have quit being nice and told them to move. Along the same line some players will stand back but still within your vision circle and then will begin to move towards the hole when you begin your back swing. Thanks for letting me vent and I feel better already.
The Comebacker
Comebacker loves those pet peeves.

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