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Sony Open in Hawaii

Has heart to live dream

Erik Compton can't shake this nagging foot problem.

A plantar wart took hold toward the end of last year, growing to the point where he couldn't ignore it anymore. With the new PGA Tour season approaching, Compton finally saw a doctor last month to have it cut out — but now it hasn't healed properly.

"It actually hurts more than before," he groused.

For Compton, this is little more than annoyance. Considering all the recipient of two heart transplants has endured to finally stand on the brink of his rookie debut at the Sony Open, a little hole in his foot isn't going to get in the way.

"It's the opportunity to play, to really chase a dream that...