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

Erik Compton
Personal information
Full nameErik Harald Høie Compton
Born (1979-11-11) November 11, 1979 (age 39)
Miami, Florida
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceCoral Gables, Florida
SpouseBarbara Casco (m. 2008-2017)
CollegeUniversity of Georgia
Turned professional2001
Current tour(s) Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Canadian Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament51st: 2015
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 2014
U.S. OpenT2: 2014
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2014
Achievements and awards
Canadian Tour
Order of Merit

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 conditionEdit

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 careerEdit

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 2004 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] He qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs and finished the 2013 points in 99th place to retain his card and full playing rights.[5]

In 2014 Compton had his best season on tour, recording three top-10s, qualifying for the playoffs and finishing 64th in FedEx Cup points.[6] Also, that season, he recorded his best PGA Tour finish to date, when he tied for 2nd at the 2014 U.S. Open, which also earned him his first invitation to the Masters Tournament and the 2015 U.S. Open.

During the 2015 season Compton recorded one top-10 and finished the season 124th in FedEx Cup points, which was good enough to keep his card for 2016.[7] In 2016, Compton missed many cuts and was even disqualified from the John Deere Classic for missing the Wednesday Pro-Am.[8] As a result, he finished the season in 173rd and lost his tour card.[9] He has played primarily on the Tour since.

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   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 championshipsEdit

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament 51
U.S. Open CUT T2 CUT
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


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 appearancesEdit


See alsoEdit


  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. ^ "2013 FedEx Cup Standings". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "2014 FedEx Cup Standings". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "2015 FedEx Cup Standings". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  8. ^ McEwan, Michael (August 11, 2016). "Erik Compton DQ'd for crazy reason". bunkered.
  9. ^ "2016 FedEx Cup Standings". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 21, 2019.

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