Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Erik Compton says he won a "Golden Ticket" when he qualified for the U.S. Open.

In reality, he knows he won that ticket long before that.

The 30-year-old golfer from Miami is a survivor of two heart transplants - the second coming only a little more than two years ago.

A two-time winner on the Canadian Tour in the early 2000s, Compton qualified for a spot at Pebble Beach earlier this month and will be among the 156 players vying for the national championship, starting Thursday.

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