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June 30 2011

11:22 PM

Compton struggles to 76

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Erik Compton is playing for the fifth week in a row.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- It’s understandable that Erik Compton would have a letdown after winning the Mexico Open on the Nationwide Tour last week and that’s exactly what happened Thursday a Aronimink, where he shot a 6-over 76.

“I didn't get much preparation for the tournament,” said Compton, whose week has been a whirlwind since he all but secure his PGA TOUR card for next season with last week’s victory. “I kind of knew that. Unfortunately I just didn't have much focus today.

“It was just kind of mixed emotions when you come off a win. I can't beat myself up too bad. I feel like I struck the ball okay, just the grind is out of me. It's hard to grind.”

It was an up and down day for sure for Compton, who had three bogeys, three double bogeys, one birdie and one eagle.

It’s been a busy week for Compton off the course, too, with interview requests and television appearances every day leading into the tournament. This also marks Compton’s fifth week in a row playing.

”I'm not so much tired, just mentally being on the road for five weeks,” Compton said. “I almost feel like today was my practice round, so maybe tomorrow I'll come out and shoot 4 or 5 under. “

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