LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and the Chipmunks have met, and the envelope is in. The recipient of the fourth and final sponsor exemption spot at Disney World next week for the PGA Tour’s season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic is . . . drumroll, please . . . Erik Compton.
A good choice. I know, there are those who will scream top 125 bubble players ought to get the sponsor spots at the final event of the year, but Disney covered that bunch by giving one to Rich “No. 124” Beem. Disney should not be held to any different type of sponsor standard than any other event on the schedule, as they all count the same. It’s November, and if you’re not in the 125 by now, well, here’s a little advice: Stop procrastinating.
If ever a player is a fit for a tournament with “Miracle” in its title, it would be Compton, who played at Disney a year ago only six months removed from his second heart transplant. He’s a terrific ambassador who is a good addition to any tournament, and it’s not as if the guy just fills a spot in the field, either. A year ago, with a second-round 68, he made it to the weekend and eventually finished 60th. Recently at PGA National, he shot 22-under 266 to win his first-stage PGA Tour qualifier by seven shots. Pretty good stuff.
Disney’s three other exemptions went to longtime Orlando resident and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, former PGA champion and entertainer extraordinaire Rich Beem, and Big Break X winner Haymes Snedeker (hmmmm).