After missed cut, Compton ponders next move

Erik Compton, shown watching an errant drive at No. 2, had a tough two days at Pebble.

Erik Compton, shown watching an errant drive at No. 2, had a tough two days at Pebble.


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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – A disappointed Erik Compton walked out of the scorer’s trailer Friday after signing for a 10-over 81. Compton’s two-day total of 16 over was far off the cut line of 7 over, and it abruptly ended Compton’s dream of winning a U.S. Open.

“I don’t think I hit but one or two shots that made me smile,” said Compton, who missed his first cut of the season. “I thought that things were going to be a little bit different this week. This course is very penalizing, and when you do hit a bad shot, sometimes you need to get a good break. It seemed like whenever I did hit a bad shot I either ended up with a double or a triple (bogey).”

Compton’s story is well known – he’s a double heart transplant recipient – and his game and accomplishments are usually overshadowed by the oddity of his physical issues. But Compton wants none of it, and hoped he could take advantage when an opportunity like playing in the U.S. Open presented itself.

“I’m supposed to miss the cut,” Compton said reflectively as he stood over his clubs. “I’m supposed to be the guy with the three hearts, but that’s not the way I want it to be. And so it’s just been a long, long week.”

The week ended with Compton wondering where he will play next. Due to his physical ailment, he has been unable to really mount a charge to get a card on any tour. He left California to return to Florida without knowing where he will play next.

Compton has to pre-qualify to try to Monday qualify for PGA Tour events, if he decides to go that route. He could try to play on the Nationwide or European tours as well, but in all cases, he has to qualify or get a sponsor exemption.

Either way, all Compton wants to do is play.

“I got to make a living somehow,” Compton said. “I don’t have any events lined up. So I’m going to go home, and I’ve written a lot of letters to tournament directors and see how it goes from there.”

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