Erik Compton returns to PGA after two heart transplants

The American, who has not played the circuit regularly since 2016 due to medical problems, has qualified for the Honda Classic.


The story of Erik Compton is a story of overcoming. The American golfer qualified on Monday to play the Honda Classic, a regular tournament on the PGA Tour that takes place at the PGA Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (USA). So far nothing abnormal.

But it is that Compton, a regular on the Korn Ferry Tour (the second division of American golf) who in the first decade of the century came to play several PGA tournaments by invitation and even finished second in the 2014 US Open that Martin Kaymer devastated, has received two heart transplants in recent years.

Although this has prevented him from playing regularly since 2016 and even assured, in statements to Golf Digest, that he considered the withdrawal, the last two seasons he has managed to access this event via qualifying events. "It feels good to win a place again," he said after signing a 65 this Monday in Banyan Cay. "I've been playing well lately, taking fairways and greens, so why not give it a try?".

As if that weren't enough, Compton has recently remarried. The one from Miami, who lives a few miles from the PGA National, already knows what it's like to fight for the Honda Classic, as he was fourth in 2013. Will he be able to get back up? Golf and life owe him one, that is clear. And, as he puts it, it seems that it is in a kind of "revival" .

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