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July 1 2011

3:39 PM

Rough round for Compton

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NETOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- This week hasn’t exactly gone the way Erik Compton would have liked -- he’s 5 over through 11 holes in his second round after opening with a 76. But it’s also understandable given the exhorbtant demands on his time since winning on the Nationwide Tour last week, which will pretty much guarantee him a card on the PGA TOUR next season.

No matter his play this week, Compton’s journey has been nothing short of amazing.

Michael Hanzman, a friend and circuit court judge in Miami-Dade County who has helped Compton financially from the beginning, said sponsors weren’t exactly coming out of the woodwork when Compton had his second heart transplant in 2008, but he always believed in Compton.

“I really felt he had the ability to get a TOUR card,” Hanzman said via cell phone. “In 2008 I was just devastated for him, but he recovered and I still believed he was going to accomplish it despite the odds. I just know he has inner strength and character to do this.”

So while Compton won’t be around for the weekend at the AT&T National, he’ll be on TOUR plenty next season.

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