Compton embarks on U.S. Open journey

Originally Published: June 14, 2010
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Rule No. 1 in sports journalism: No cheering in the press box.

Rule No. 2: Unless it's Erik Compton.

Compton qualified a week ago for the U.S. Open. He did it the day after shooting a disastrous 82 in the final round of the Memorial Tournament. It took him 36 nerve-racking holes, plus another three-hole playoff, before the USGA punched his first ticket to an Open appearance. Check that -- his first majors appearance.

"I would ...

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