Erik Compton

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Erik Compton
Personal information
Full name Erik Harald Høie Compton
Born (1979-11-11) November 11, 1979 (age 37)
Miami, Florida
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Coral Gables, Florida
Spouse Barbara Casco (m. 2008)
Children Petra
College University of Georgia
Turned professional 2001
Current tour(s) Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Canadian Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour Tour 1
Other 6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 51st: 2015
U.S. Open T2: 2014
The Open Championship CUT: 2014
PGA Championship CUT: 2014
Achievements and awards
Canadian Tour
Order of Merit

Erik Harald Høie Compton (born November 11, 1979) is a Norwegian-American professional golfer.

Compton was born in Miami, Florida, to an American father and a Norwegian mother and holds dual citizenship.[1] He attended the University of Georgia and played on the 2001 Palmer Cup and Walker Cup teams.

He is noted for having had two heart transplants.

Medical condition[edit]

When he was nine, Compton was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle is inflamed and unable to pump as hard as it should. This condition has resulted in him undergoing two successful heart transplants, the first being in 1992 when Compton was 12, and the second taking place in 2008.[2] During the Masters Tournament at Augusta, Georgia in April 2009, Compton received the Ben Hogan Award, which is given annually to a golfer who has stayed active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness. He also gained recognition for his attempts to be allowed the use of a golf cart during qualifying rounds for PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour events.[3]

Professional career[edit]

After graduating from the University of Georgia, Compton turned professional in 2001. He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2002 and again from 2005 to 2007. His best finish was a T2 at the 2004 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open.

Compton played on the Canadian Tour in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, he dominated the Canadian Tour, winning twice and also winning the Order of Merit title. He also won the 2005 Hassan II Golf Trophy in Morocco.

Compton has also played the mini-tours, winning a few events on the NGA Hooters Tour. He played in thirty PGA Tour events as a non-member from 2000 to 2011 through sponsor exemptions and qualifying, making the cut 18 times. His best PGA Tour finish as a non-member was T25 in the 2011 Northern Trust Open. In 2010, Compton advanced to the Tour's final round of qualifying school. He finished tied for 100th, which granted him conditional Nationwide Tour status. In 2011, Compton won the Mexico Open, his first win on a major golf tour. Compton finished 13th on the money list, good enough for a PGA Tour Card for 2012.

In 2012, Compton made 16 of 26 cuts on the PGA Tour. His best finish was T-13 at the John Deere Classic.[4] He finished 163rd on the money list, failing to retain his tour card. He returned to qualifying school and finished T-7 to regain his card for 2013. In 2013, he recorded his first top-10 finish by placing T-4 at The Honda Classic in March.[4] His best PGA Tour finish is a T2 at the 2014 U.S. Open, which earned him his first invitation to the Masters Tournament and the 2015 U.S. Open.

In 2016, Compton was disqualified from the John Deere Classic for missing the Wednesday Pro-Am.[5]

Compton lives in Miami with wife Barbara and daughter Petra.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (7)[edit]

Nationwide Tour (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Jun 26, 2011 Mexico Open –17 (68-70-68-65=271) 2 strokes United States Richard H. Lee

Canadian Tour (3)[edit]

  • 2003 Michelin Guadalajara Classic
  • 2004 E-Loan Central Valley Classic, MTS Classic

Other (3)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 51
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 1 1 3 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 0 1 0 1 1 1 6 2

U.S. national team appearances[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Halvt norske Erik har hatt tre hjerter (Norwegian-American Erik has had three hearts)" (in Norwegian). August 1, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Erik Compton: Surviving two new hearts, to US Open runner-up". BBC Sport. June 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Durning, Marijke (April 6, 2009). "2 Heart Transplants, 1 golfer, Erik Compton". Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "PGA Tour – Season – Erik Compton". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ McEwan, Michael (August 11, 2016). "Erik Compton DQ’d for crazy reason". bunkered. 

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