This has the potential to be one of the best golf stories of the year: Erik Compton is, at this writing, your current Day 1 leader at the Greenbrier. He came in at -7, one stroke up George McNeill, Pat Perez and Jeff Overton.
Compton, you may recall, is a golfer now on his third heart. No, not caddy, not swing coach; heart. He had one transplant at age 12, and another a few years ago. He's played his way onto the PGA Tour, and even competed at this year's U.S. Open. His story's an absolute inspiration to anyone, anywhere, in any walk of life.
He's played six events this year, and made the cut in four. But because of his condition, which has robbed him of much of his length off the tee, he's usually completely worn out by the weekend. His best finish this year is a T30 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Still, that's not the point. Just by being on the course, he's more of a champion than any five major winners you could name. And with a sizable Thursday lead, here's hoping he can clean up over the weekend and cash a check with a sixth figure in it. He's absolutely earned everything he gets, and much more.