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March 25 2011

8:09 PM

Compton in hunt despite lack of sleep

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Erik Compton had one of the day’s best rounds Friday with a 5-under 67 that has him on the edge of contention heading into the weekend at Bay Hill. It’s even more impressive when you take into account that Compton was apparently awake until roughly 4 a.m.

His lack of sleep, however, had little to do with the 75 he shot earlier Thursday.

“A little that, and there was a party going on next door,” Compton said. “When I knocked on the door at 4 in the morning they said, ‘Are you serious?’ And I said, ‘Hell, yes, I'm serious, knock it off.’"

Compton fought off the lack of sleep and made six birdies and just one bogey. He also got up and own a couple of times from the sand and took just 26 putts.

It also helped that the wind wasn’t blowing Friday morning, which wasn’t the case a day earlier.

”You could play more strategy golf,” Compton said. “[Thursday] was just hit it as far as you can down there and try to avoid the wind.

“And I've had a hot putter all week. I've been reading the greens pretty well.”

This is just Compton’s third start on the PGA TOUR this season. The double heart transplant recipient tied for 25th at the Northern Trust Open and tied for 55th at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com two weeks ago.

”I'm in a great spot,” Compton said. “For me, this is a process. I have struggled on weekends, so if I can continue to have my strength going and a good putter, I feel like I can play well. But you know, I've got to do it before I can say it.” -- Brian Wacker

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