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Golfweek catches up with Erik Compton in this episode of 'Hate to be Rude'. Hear what he had to say about his health struggles, the state of his game and more.
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Battled like. Company to be reviewed. Still I don't think golf has much more of an inspirational character than than you. What do would've -- fascinating story to heart transplants the second one and may have a -- away. Talk about your plate which you had to deal with. Where you -- now plumbing and it's been a heck of a year and you know a lot of medical stuff surgeries in biopsies and echoes of blood work and you name it put them I'm just really excited to get that done playing I've been working really hard on my body to get in shape. And you know hey you know this one have been me. It's in the Johnson in 7 you've had a heart attack in his heart transplant may have a way that. What are the complications -- cars are you what percent are you work you know you have some leg problems let. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That's too -- rate that isn't. -- will you know. I had you know I don't I don't know what person and I mean I I I know that I went through a lot. And I am still healing still get stronger so long. And enough to play. Obviously got the cart and that's going to help need to rehabilitate and put too much stress in my body and Scioscia the transplant. And swinging it well putting well so that's the most important part. But you you you said earlier one leg you don't have feelings. -- Kwame out of -- effect it doesn't actually affected. Tiger should try -- because the fifth -- feel the pain sneak. Anaheim feeling in the left side because the -- artery that they went through. You know I was bleeding to death on the operating table for the had to go through there has to do some bypass. And it's great and turn right on it and feeling pain. The average touring pro when he uses the phrase I was bleeding to death was talking about making five bogeys coming -- and yours is a little. Marveled when you say I was bleeding to death was that it was -- life and death situation. Yet. Because they they got a heart. So fast and I was taking. Plastics and -- in which -- blood thinner and it -- they had to do the surgery obviously. When those medications and my body normally -- have somebody off them for three months before we did the surgery. And you know with a lot of scar tissue and a lot of bleeding so they actually left me open for one half hours. To try to stop me. From -- and you're you're expecting a baby girl him and the due date is an interesting day. Tell us why it is the anniversary of my first transplant back when you were twelve -- twelve so that's a good second birthday to me today to celebrate. And there's some meaning there -- mean obviously that -- that would mean morbid. Our child and hopefully they say will be born on February 20 that's a big day of life and your life yes. While. Now you you have you're the first player in history of the PGA tour to play. Play with three cars right so you have more heart than anybody and and pro golf that I can think you do that. I don't know about that I have a lot more cards but I don't know I have a big. I mean you know I got to the end and through all this mean it is. It's been a dramatic experience that you gotta laugh about it because it's it's it's. I mean it's like. You know it's people who know me know me as. You know light hearted guy bad just you know and whatever goes -- -- and so it through this you -- laugh even indefinitely. That the cart. Do you feel comfortable with a heavy -- groom you get you have through march and it's weird it's a weird feeling driving on a cart has. Kind of you don't know where to be in. The dodge people and everything but it's going to help me. So that I don't overdo it I don't. And a minute situation where I was before. Are you surprised that. After the the second after the transplant man that you were able to play golf so well so quickly. I guess I was surprised that I you know I just knew that if I was healthy I can always swing and and hit the ball like riding a bike ride to hit what are the lessons learned through. Your medical ordeal with -- monkeys can't give up in -- about. In that goes back to. Being in I think you're an inspiration to a lot of people answer. Has there been one instance or to work people that said you keep you know what you inspired me. What would it would've been the most -- on doing that you've heard of people. Called knee and had belonged to the same thing so they can be laid me. You know. I mean I might be able to inspire somebody that I hey look I get inspired by. My other people's so you know. Tiger Woods inspires me that he is how he drives. You know as a golfer that inspires -- you know hate -- different aspirations and are three areas of life you know and -- we all inspired each other. That -- -- but we're out of time for I'm going to follow your progress. Thank you remind you getting --