June 15, 2014 PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) -- Erik Compton chokes back tears when he thinks about what it means to tie for second at the U.S. Open.
No longer is he a two-time heart transplant recipient who plays golf.
Now, he's the golfer who just happens to be on his third heart.
Compton turned in the best performance of his career at Pinehurst No. 2, tying with Rickie Fowler for the runner-up spot behind runaway winner Martin Kaymer.
Compton closed with a 2-over 72 for a 1-under 279 total, leaving him eight shots behind Kaymer but one of just three players to break par.
It felt like a win. Compton went through his second transplant six years ago after a near-fatal heart attack. He bounced back from that ordeal and proved he can compete with golf's biggest stars.