Erik Compton’s bid to get into the Q-School Finals at La Quinta ended this week as he found himeself 1 shot on the wrong side of the cut after the second round of qualifying at Southern Hills Plantation. Erik shot a 2
For those of you who haven’t heard abou this guy, he had heart replacement surgery, for the second time, less than 6 months ago. So to say the fact that he’s alive, let alone trying to qualify for the PGA tour is a miracle in itself.
Tied for 13th, two strokes inside the number, after 54 holes, Compton closed with a one-over 73. He posted a 72-hole score of 282. He needed 281. Now he returns to his job giving lessons at Mel Reese Park in Miami instead of heading to La Quinta, Calif. for the Q school final.
Each day before he started his round, Compton would gobble a handful of pills — including beta-blockers that are on the PGA Tour’s banned substance list — wash them down with a swig of water, and head to the tee. Because of the surgery, he had no control of his adrenaline and his heart would race to 120 beats per minute, even riding in a cart — another accommodation made by the tour because of his medical condition.