Two years ago, Erik Compton was the toast of the 2014 U.S. Open. Outside of Martin Kaymer, anyway. Kaymer ran away and hid with the trophy that week, but Compton who is a two-time heart transplant recipient showed out and finished in the top five. His performance was a revelation. It was also about the exact opposite of what happened in a sectional qualifier on Monday as Compton tried once again to qualify for his country's national championship.
According to Ryan Reiterman of Golf Channel, who was at the qualifier (which is not televised), Compton missed a two-inch putt during his second round on Monday. Two inches! He finished one shot out of a six-man playoff for five spots in the U.S. Open.
Compton was emotionally spent on Monday, especially since he almost quit in the middle of his second 18 holes. He nonchalantly tried to knock in a par putt and missed from 2-inches. Yes, 2 inches.
"It was so demoralizing," Compton told Golf Channel.
Even worse? Compton had to come back on Tuesday for a 10-man playoff for the second alternate spot out of the sectional, which he did not win. That's a pretty brutal two-day stretch for the journeyman Compton. But he has probably better perspective than anyone else out on the PGA Tour because of his background, so I seriously doubt a single missed putt will ruin him.
Compton has missed the cut in three of his last five events.