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Erik Compton Wins PGA Tour Courage Award
Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton has been named the winner of the inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award, it was announced on the Fox News website.
The PGA Tour Courage Award is bestowed upon players who have overcome extraordinary adversity to make meaningful contributions to the world of golf.
Compton was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy at the age of 9, and underwent his first heart transplant three years later in 1992. He suffered a heart attack in 2008 which required him to have a second heart transplant.
Compton still managed to make it to the PGA Tour, and this year made it through two FedEx Cup playoff events.
The PGA Tour Courage Award includes a $25,000 donation to the charity of the winner’s choosing, and Compton said he would be splitting the money between the Cardiovascular Institute of Miami and the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation.