Erik Compton, UGA class of 2001, finished tied for second in the U.S. Open on Sunday, which most years would have been the big moment for ex-Bulldogs. This year, however, it's closer to being a footnote.
Five different Georgia golfers have won PGA Tour tournaments this year, including one major, and a sixth (Compton) has finished second in a major. Compton is an amazing story in his own right: He is a heart transplant patient, having had his first one in 1992 because of viral cardiomyopathy. He had another in 2008.
Brendan Todd, who finished tied for 17th on Sunday, was actually second after 36 holes. Here's the rundown of what the ex-Bulldogs have done this year:
- Bubba Watson won The Masters for the second time in three years.
- Todd won the Byron Nelson Championship on May 18. It was the first PGA Tour title for the 29-year-old Todd.
- Harris English, 24, won the OHL Classic last November, his second tour victory.
- Russell Henley won the Honda Classic on March 2. It was the second tour victory for Henley, 25.
- Chris Kirk won the McGladrey Classic last November. It was also the second tour victory for Kirk, 29.
Prior to the U.S. Open, three of the top nine in the FedEx Cup Standings were former Georgia golfers: Watson in second, English in eighth and Todd in ninth.
And four former Georgia golfers in the top 60 of the world golf rankings. None of them were Compton, who could make a move.