Comptons golden ticket


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Erik Compton, the medical marvel who qualified for his first U.S. Open last week after 36 grueling holes and a playoff in central Ohio, said on Monday at Pebble Beach that he’d waited his entire life for his chance to play a major.

“When you do get your Willy Wonka golden ticket to the U.S. Open you can play and have a chance,” he said. “It’s just a great feeling to play in a major.”

Compton, who reportedly considered withdrawing from the Open qualifier after a bad week at the Memorial, also offered a glimpse into how intense he is as a competitor.

“Sometimes I’ve been known to say stuff in the heat of the moment and actually do the exact opposite,” he said. “If you hear what I say to myself in the course of 18 holes maybe it’s not conducive to how I live my life. But I do vent.”