July 30 2010
Eric Compton, who held a share of the overnight lead, continues to hang tough at The Greenbrier on Friday.
He started on the back this afternoon and birdied two of his first three holes before giving a shot back at the par-4 13th when he missed the green and later a 16-footer for par. Seven pars followed but Compton has just made a 5-footer for birdie that moved him to 9 under for the tournament and into a tie for third.
A two-time heart transplant recipient, Compton has attracted considerable media attention this week. He was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning and recently was a subject of an HBO “Real Sports” segment.
Compton, who is playing on a sponsor’s exemption, has no status on any tour right now. A win would give him a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR – not to mention, a $1.09 million paycheck. -- Helen Ross