30 Jun AT&T National Preview

Ok everyone … pretty weak field this week with players resting for the Open.

Nick Watney will be the highest-ranked player in the field at world No. 15. Four of the top 10 players from the current FedExCup standings are in the field, as are former major champions Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover, Jim Furyk and Ernie Els.

Furyk will garner some of the local support as he was born in nearby West Chester, Penn., while Immelman returns to the course at which he lost the 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

One player that I think will do well at odds is Sean O’Hair, he is a Member at Aronimink and he seems to be playing a bit better now. He has had a mixed year with a change of coach and the incident with hot head Rory Sabatini that has affected him a lot.

Also in the field this week are amateurs Patrick Cantlay and Peter Uihlein. Cantlay was the second-round leader at the Travellers Championship last  weekend.

One big piece of news this week is a golfer who survived two heart transplants and shot a 65 to win the Nationwide event in Mexico.

Erik Compton, who first got a new ticker at age 12 after being diagnosed with an enlarged heart, then got another new one 16 years later when that one failed three years ago, and has now gone on to win the Mexico Open!

“This tournament has kind of summed up my life,” said Compton. “There was a lot of adversity to overcome in this tournament just like what I’ve dealt with personally.”

Compton finished his four rounds at 17-under 271 and earned a $126,000 purse. The former University of Georgia star has earned $215,709 so far this year and has all but guaranteed himself a PGA Tour card for next year. He said the victory shows he can compete on his merits and not just because of his unique story.

“I do get a lot of opportunities to play in PGA Tour events because of my story,” he said. “But now that I’ve won out here and I’ve pretty much secured my tour card and I’ll get into events on that alone. And I’ve been playing professionally since I was 20 years old and never won, so I feel like it’s a monkey off my back.”

Compton will play this week’s PGA Tour event in Pennsylvania.

We leave for The Open Championship this weekend and will play every British Open golf course on the rotation! Can’t wait!   I am sure there will be a plethora of stories to tell on my return… although some will stay on tour!

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