banner
Ken Medlin

Compton's story captivated Pinehurst

Posted June 16

Years from now, when we look back at the 2014 U.S. Open, we'll likely remember it as the year Martin Kaymer blew the doors off the rest of the field - and rightly so. But for a few moments in the final round, this was Erik Compton's Open.

"On every hole, from the tee box to the putting green, people were cheering for me," Compton said. "I definitely felt the love and the support from the crowd."

It's easy to root for someone like Erik Compton. Twice a recipient of heart transplants, Compton is lucky to be alive - let alone finish tied for second in a U.S. Open. Few of us can relate to his story, but we can all appreciate it.

"I've been on my back twice and I never thought I would ever leave the house," he said after finishing his unlikely run. "Now I just finished second at the U.S. Open, which is -- I don't think anybody would have ever thought I would do that, not even myself. So you can't ever write yourself off, you just can't give up."

It's the kind of inspiring, are you really doing enough with your life story we often find in sports. And it compels us to watch. It draws us in to the moment. Sure, Martin Kaymer was running away from the field, but here's a man who had two heart transplants - the first at age 12, and the second not even seven years ago - and he's not only walking, he's playing golf at the highest level.

The loudest roar I heard during Sunday's final round wasn't for Martin Kaymer - his win was a foregone conclusion, after all - it was for Compton. When he sank his final putt on 18, the crowd erupted. I was waiting in the interview area, and we all thought someone had holed out an approach. Instead, it was a thunderous round of appreciation for what Compton has accomplished - in the tournament, and in life itself.

"You can't ever give up," Compton said. "I mean, we all have adversity in our lives, some are different than others. Some are more major. So when you have disabilities or you have health issues, some days are really bad and then you got to try to make the best of it the next day and wake up and move your body. And I'm a perfect example of that."

Yes, he is indeed.
 

1 Comment

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • baldchip Jun 16, 3:11 p.m.

    Did he get all the exemptions because of his tie for 2nd?? Had he come in 2nd alone, he'd get all kinds of free passes to future major tournaments!

  • World Series: Kansas City vs. San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • NFL: San Diego at Denver

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary Flames

    Tomorrow at 8:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
WIN 3
CAR 1
Final
KAN 1
SFG 7
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
SFG
 
Final
MIA 90
HOU 85
Final
MIN 107
IND 89
Final
OKC 91
UTA 105
Final
DEN 75
POR 93
Final
LAL 108
PHO 114
Final
GSW 125
LAC 107
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
HOU
 
7:30pm Tonight
BOS
BRK
 
7:30pm Tonight
NYK
WAS
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
CLE
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
MIN
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
ATL
 
10:00pm Tonight
LAL
POR
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
PHO
 
Final
LALAF 55
ARKST 40
Final
NJD 3
NYR 4
Final
BOS 5
SJS 3
Final
NYI 2
TOR 5
Final
MON 2
DET 1
Final
NAS 4
ARI 3
Final
WIN 3
CAR 1
Final
CHI 4
PHI 0
Final
DAL 6
VAN 3
Final
COL 3
FLA 4
Final
CAL 1
TAM 2
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
PIT
PHI
 
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
ANA
BUF