Erik Compton has an amazing perspective when it comes to stuff like that. Late last year he had a nagging foot problem -- which was no big deal when you consider that he had a heart scare last summer related to his second transplant.
If you don't know the story, that might seem a bit jarring.
Compton, 32, is on his third heart as he takes his first shot at the PGA Tour. Twice he had transplants and lived to thrive on the golf course, through an excellent amateur and collegiate career and into the pro ranks, and now he is finally chasing his dream as a card-carrying member of the PGA Tour.
His rookie year begins this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, but nothing is ever easy for Compton, who all but stamped his ticket to the big leagues last summer with a victory on the Nationwide Tour -- but then had a setback.
Compton had a procedure done where "they go in and check to see if there are any blockages, and then they take little pieces and biopsy those pieces,'' he said. "When they did that, I was in moderate rejection. It was severe enough that they had to treat me with 100 milligrams of steroids for almost three months.
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