Golf: Compton misses Open cut as luck runs out

Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:12pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Lady luck smiled kindly on Erik Compton when he went close to achieving U.S. Open glory last month, but unfortunately she turned her back on the American at this week's British Open.

The 34-year-old, who has had two heart transplants, inexplicably lost a ball early in his second round at Royal Liverpool before a triple-bogey six at the short 15th meant he missed the cut.

"Sometimes the twin elements of good luck and bad luck have to match up in the game of golf and that didn't happen for me this week," Compton told Reuters in an interview after a five-over-par 77 gave him a four-over aggregate of 148.

"It's been a good experience. It's a lot of fun to play a links course but I had two really unlucky breaks.

"I played good this week but you just can't make sixes and sevens in major championships."

Compton's double-bogey seven arrived completely out of the blue at the fifth hole.

"I hit a chip shot and I don't know what happened to it," explained the world number 74 who has yet to record a victory on the U.S. PGA Tour.

"We couldn't find it even though it was only 30 yards - not only that I hurt my wrist on that hole too."   Continued...

Erik Compton putts on the ninth hole during the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst Resort Country Club - #2 Course. Jun 15, 2014; Pinehurst, NC, USA;  Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports