Erik Compton Second at Open After Two Heart Transplants

Compton fired a final-round two-over par 72 at Pinehurst to share second place with US countryman and pal Rickie Fowler on one-under 279, eight strokes behind winner Martin Kaymer of Germany.

updated: June 16, 2014 08:30 IST
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Pinehurst: Erik Compton never gave up, not after his first heart transplant at age 12, nor his second 16 years later, the one that nearly ended his golf career.

And on Sunday, he sent a message to the world by finishing second at the US Open and potentially taking his game to another level at age 34.

"If I never played golf again for the rest of my life, I think that I've made my mark in this game," Compton said.

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