The Golfer Who Wouldn't Let Two Bum Hearts Kill His Dream

Thirty-three-year-old journeyman Erik Compton survived Q-School and secured his PGA Tour card for the second year running. This is how you beat long odds.

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Compton, like many rookies, struggled in his first full season, carding one top-25 finish. He ended up 173rd on the money list, well short of the mark needed to secure a member card for 2013.

To retain a place on the PGA Tour, Compton had to return to PGA Qualifying School, a six-round gauntlet of a tournament. Given Compton's condition, it would be a battle just to finish the 108 holes, let alone play well enough to qualify.

But yesterday, Compton finished the sixth round of the final qualifying stage at 22-under par. Meaning that the golfer on his third heart who thought he had lost his golf dream more times than you can count would get to go back on the Pro tour.

H/T HBO Sports and the PGA Tour.