Just another tournament for Compton


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson may be the favorites. Zach Johnson and Luke Donald may have earned a spot in your U.S. Open pool, but based on pure emotion the best tale to tell this week at Pebble Beach has been that of Erik Compton.

We caught up with the two-time heart transplant recipient on Wednesday afternoon, practicing his putting and waiting for his practice round tee time with Ernie Els and could appreciate his take on his first U.S. Open start.

“Just another tournament, right?” he smiled widely.

No, not really. But when you’ve dealt with as many bad hands as Compton has it’s best to take life one glorious afternoon at a time.

Compton, who suffers from fatigue caused by his condition and the medications he must take, has paced himself, arriving on Saturday but playing just nine holes a day since.

Of course he’s also had the added element of a HBO camera crew tagging along this week. The crew is working on an upcoming documentary on Compton and will follow him this week at Pebble Beach and the next few weeks back home in south Florida.

Just like he said, “just another tournament.” Yeah, right.