Entered in this weeks PGA event (Honda Classic) is a golfer I didn’t know – Erik Compton. His life is one of those dramatic, feel-good stories including receiving a heart transplant during his youth, a Nationwide Tour player, a near fatal heart attack, a second heart transplant, and his qualifying exception for this tournament.
Although here’s the story I read regarding his return, don’t stop there. In my research I discovered that Jim Moriarty, a contributing writer for Golf World, won a 2009 Golf Writer’s Association award for Best Non-Daily Feature. The story, Change of Heart, tells the much more of the story, and through the glories of the Internet, I found this one too.
Comptom is in the tournament through an exemption. A great pick by the tournament committee. He’ll play Thursday and Friday, yet may or may not make the cut; however, this is still a great story.
For those who appreciate the human-interest and comeback side of sports, this is a must read. Enjoy.
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