Erik Compton qualifies for PGA Tour

Erik Compton finished 13th on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton earned his PGA Tour card Sunday when he finished in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list.

Compton was 13th on the money list as the season closed with the Nationwide Tour Championship. His next official event will be in January at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu

Ken Duke played his way back to the PGA Tour with a two-stroke victory over Scott Brown on the Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek Course. J.J. Killeen won the money title, which made him fully exempt on the PGA Tour and also gave him entry into The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in May.

Former active-duty Naval lieutenant Billy Hurley III hung for the 25th spot.