Compton grabs share of Wyndham lead, Woods two shots back

Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:36pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Erik Compton wonders if he should start drinking more often after firing an eight-under-par 62 to grab a three-way share of the first round lead at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday.

The two-time heart-transplant recipient, who tied for second at last year's U.S. Open, took advantage of ideal scoring conditions on a soggy Sedgefield course to join fellow Americans William McGirt and Tom Hoge atop the leaderboard.

Preferred lies and soft greens allowed players to attack the pins fearlessly on a day when 102 players broke par, including Tiger Woods, whose 64 was his best score in over two years.

Compton does not normally drink, but the 25-year-old had a couple after the pro-am on Wednesday after being summoned for a drug test.

"I drank two vodka tonics to get my kidneys working. Maybe I should do that again,” Compton joked to reporters.

At 114th on the FedExCup points list, Compton is likely to stay in the top 125 and qualify for the lucrative playoffs starting next week, and a good start here did not hurt his cause.

He arrived after a couple of weeks off and a London holiday with his wife, but knocked off the rust in the pro-am and continued his hot hand when the real action started.

"Kind of an unexpected round," he said after storming home in 28 strokes on his final nine holes, the easier front nine.   Continued...

Andrew Loupe reads the green on the 15th hole during the first round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports