DUBLIN, Ohio -- Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, who was relaxing at Muirfield Village on Wednesday morning before a handful of interviews to promote donatelife.net, said he nearly withdrew from the HP Byron Nelson Championship after a health scare two weeks ago.
"I didn't want to freak anybody out, so I didn't say anything," Compton said.
Compton wasn't feeling well in the third round and considered withdrawing after only a few holes. He stuck it out, carded a 71, and saw a doctor on site at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas, Texas. After Compton divulged his medical history, and a few tests proved inconclusive but troubling, the doctor insisted that Compton go to the ER for more tests Saturday night. He began feeling better, was discharged around midnight, and despite everything shot a final-round 68 to tie for 36th place.
"I made 18 birdies, which led the field," Compton said, "but my head wasn't in it for big portions of the tournament. I three-putted 10 times."