PGA Tour pro DQ'd for ridiculous reason

Erik Compton disqualified from John Deere Classic after missing pro-am. 

Andy Roberts's picture
Thu, 11 Aug 2016

In case you didn't realise due to being gripped by Olympic Golf fever, there is a PGA Tour event going on in Illinois this week. But not for Erik Compton, who was disqualified from the John Deere Classic for missing Wednesday's pro-am.

Compton, 36, best known for having undergone two heart transplants, was not even meant to be in this week's pro-am tournament until two other players withdrew. 

Jim Furyk suffered a similar fate at the 2010 Barclays, but he had little excuse that week given he simply overslept. 

For Compton, he was some six hours away in Detroit when notified he had moved up the alternate list, and therefore was unable to make it to the course in time to take part in the pro-am. 

As a result, the American was removed from the tournament - one he quite frankly needed to compete in.

Compton currently sits 164th in the FedEx Cup standings with just next week's Wyndham Championship remaining on the regular season, so he will now need to post a very high finish if he is to make the top 125 heading to the lucatrive FedEx Cup Playoffs. 

The PGA Tour typically makes players exempt from Wednesday pro-ams if they are attending sponsor events or media obligations. Compton's predicament, however, did not fall under any excused absence.

Unfortunately, common sense and compassion does not always prevail. 



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