Erik Compton earns career-best finish

March, 3, 2013
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Erik Compton cost himself some money with a ball in the water at the 18th green on Sunday at the Honda Classic, but he still posted his best finish on the PGA Tour, a tie for fourth, 6 strokes behind winner Michael Thompson.

Compton, 33, is in his second year on the PGA Tour after enduring a second heart transplant operation in 2008. He lost his card last year but got it back at Q-School.

"It's hard for me to get too sentimental about it, because I've turned the corner on my story and I really want to be one of the top 50 players in the world and I have the game to do it," he said.

Compton's previous best finish was a tie for 13th. Earlier this year he was 15th at the Farmers Insurance Open.

He earned $226,200 this week -- costing himself $61,800 with the final-hole bogey, but he wasn't complaining.

"I know I spent some money on 18, I'm sure I'll hear that from my dad," Compton joked. "I'm proud of the way I played regardless of the score. I played well enough to win this week, just have to move forward."

Rory McIlroy is set to discuss his withdrawal from the Honda Classic at a news conference on Tuesday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship., citing a friend of McIlroy's, said McIlroy practiced over the weekend at the Bear's Club in Jupiter with his coach, Michael Bannon. And that the Northern Irishman is scheduled to have his troublesome wisdom tooth removed following the Doral tournament.

Geoff Ogivly was told Saturday that a second-place finish at the Honda Classic would get him into next week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

"I didn't think that was possible," he said. "I thought I had to win."

Ogilvy's solo-second moved him to 47th in the world, which gets him into Doral. If he remains there by March 31, he will also get a Masters invitation. Ogilvy had dropped to 79th in the world.

"It wasn't any fun missing the Match Play and it wouldn't have been any fun missing next week, he said. "Both are tournaments that I've played well in before. I was set to miss my flight anyway, tonight, so it's kind of handy that I got in next week."

Tiger Woods said he doesn't believe he's ever lost two golf balls that resulted in stroke-and-distance penalties during the same tournament as he did at the Honda Classic.

On Saturday, it was at the 17th hole, where his ball flew into the bank, but nobody could determine if it embedded or was in the hazard. That meant a lost ball, and back to the tee.

On Sunday, it was at the par-4 sixth, where his tee shot sailed so far right it was nearly two fairways over. Nobody could locate it, and when the ball was finally found, Woods was already on his way back to the tee, the five-minute time limit up. He double-bogeyed both holes.

Perhaps the most famous lost-ball scenario for Woods came at the 2003 Open Championship. On the first hole of the tournament at Royal St. George's, a lost ball on his opening tee shot cost him a triple-bogey 7. Woods missed a playoff by 2 strokes.



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