CROMWELL, Conn. – Less than 48 hours after finishing in a share of second place at the U.S. Open, Erik Compton played a practice round at the Travelers Championship on Tuesday in hopes of continuing the momentum.
“It still hasn't been able to really hit me,” he said after his best career PGA Tour result. “Trying to get back to a lot of friends and family and a lot of congratulations, people who have supported me really around the globe. You know, just right back at it, I guess. I'm right back here trying to play this week, and I don't know if I'm going to be as well prepared as I was last week for the Open, but I'm going to try my best, and I look forward to the challenge.”
Compton has had plenty of people contact him since that finish, at one point tweeting a photo of his phone with more than 300 text messages on it.
If I haven't texted you back it's because I have a few others to reply to. pic.twitter.com/whitPdAQ1Y— Erik Compton (@ErikCompton3) June 16, 2014
“The best is when you get a number and it doesn't say who it is and it's a long message,” he said with a laugh. “A lot of the greats in sports have reached out. I'm not going to go through a list of names, but it's really cool to have a lot of guys who have been very encouraging on my story and really rooting for me. I love other sports. I've always considered myself a sports guy. It's really neat.”
He’s also learning to deal with being in the spotlight more than usual.
“I have to handle maybe a little bit more attention. I'm going to be the flavor for the next week and a half, two weeks, and then now if I don't start performing at the level and continue, I'm going to be a bum, right?
“But it's all new, and I feel blessed to be somewhat of, I guess, a person that's setting the standard to learn a little bit more about transplant, what we can do with it. You know, I'm just enjoying the journey, and there's still a lot of golf in life left ahead of me. I don't really know how much more I can elaborate on the fact that I'm so lucky and blessed to be this far in my dream.”