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Frank Deford talks with first-year PGA pro Erik Compton and learns about the numerous hurdles he has overcome.
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One day you're fine right. And 24 hours later -- time kid nine year old kid you needed Newhart. Right I was just crying because I wasn't it the words -- -- sports. Was was when the biggest thing you know. Koppen was diagnosed with Carney -- -- the disease that causes the hard to enlarge and ultimately to break down. He was put on a donor list eventually given a heart transplant. In a very short period of time. -- medication transformed his appearance so dramatically. They looked completely different. Almost freakish. When you see pictures of yourself back then what in the world goes through your mind. When I saw my body wouldn't it done it was it was tough because I wasn't fitting in at school. -- make fun of it yet but it was mostly what I -- public. And that's when I basically. Bury myself in the golf. It started to define me as a person when I went to high school I was there the guy with a transplant but also the guys I was playing golf. And it wasn't just the guy who had the transplant that looked. Funny too funny looking guy is also go for her could. In fact he became the best junior player in the country -- and all American at the University of Georgia always someone else's heart. One huge problem was looming. The average transplant at heartland about twelve years content transplant was already approaching. Sixteen years. That you knew that it transplants are only as a five. I didn't know that I didn't I was into the statistics but that denial culinary -- college what you want but maybe that's why have been successful. But October 3 2007. -- second -- did finally give out. It happened on the golf course where he felt the beginning of what turned out to be a massive heart attack.