30 Oct '11, 9pm

Compton qualifies for PGA Tour: Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton earned his PGA Tour card Sunday...

Compton qualifies for PGA Tour: Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton earned his PGA Tour card Sunday...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton earned a PGA Tour card when he finished in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list, while Ken Duke won the season-ended Nationwide Tour Championship on Sunday to also secure a spot on the big tour. Duke closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 10 under on Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek Course, two better than Scott Brown. The 42-year-old Duke earned $180,000 and went from 36th to seventh on the money list. Compton wasn't sure he'd ever play pro golf, let alone be member of the PGA Tour. Yet the two-time heart transplant recipient finished off his dream Sunday. Compton mostly secured his spot in June when he won his first Nationwide title at the Mexico Open. He ended 13th overall with $239,737 to advance. The 31-year-old Compton has played 30 career PGA events, but none with a tour card in his ba...

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