Comp­ton’s 63 sets pace in PGA Tour event

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

WHITE SUL­PHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Dou­ble heart trans­plant re­cip­i­ent Erik Comp­ton shot a 7-un­der 63 in the inaugural Greenbrier Clas­sic to share the first-round lead with rookie Matt Ev­ery.

Play­ing on a spon­sor’s ex- emp­tion, the 30-year-old Comp­ton made nine birdies, seven over a nine-hole stretch.

He was di­ag­nosed at age 9 with a dis­ease that in­flames the heart and leaves it un­able to pump as hard as it needs to.

His first trans­plant came three years later and his sec­ond one came in 2008.

Ev­ery, re­cently ar­rested in Iowa and charged with posses- sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, had an ea­gle and five birdies. He has de­nied pos­sess­ing mar­i­juana.

Ge­orge McNeill, Pat Perez and Jeff Over­ton opened with 64s.

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