Compton in McGladrey's mix with 'realistic expectations'


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Erik Compton has picked up right where he left off last season.

Following his best season on the PGA Tour in 2013-14, which included an inspiring tie for second place at the U.S. Open, Compton opened with a 5-under 65 on Thursday at the McGladrey Classic to grab a share of the early lead. Just don’t talk to him about increased expectations this season.

“I’m not worried about hitting a bad shot,” he said.

Compton calls it “realistic expectations” and that mentality reaches back into the off-season, when he distanced himself from the game by playing the occasional money game with NBA star Ray Allen and he even finished fourth in a fly fishing tournament in the Florida Keys.

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“That was pretty cool,” smiled Compton.

It has been a dramatic transition for the two-time heart transplant recipient, who admits he’s “a lot more humble now” than when he first turned professional. Just don’t confusion those subdued expectations with a lack of desire.

“I expect I should win, always do,” he said. “Every time I tee it up that’s my goal but I keep my expectations simple, hit it straight and see where it goes from there.”