Keeping Score

Keeping score


Erik Compton

Score, an eagle, made by Erik Compton on the par-5 18th hole at Banyan Cay Resort & Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., to Monday-qualify for his first PGA Tour event in three years. Compton, 39, a two-time heart-transplant recipient, shot 7-under 65 and shared the qualifying medal with Drew Nesbitt for this week’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Blayne Barber and David Pastore prevailed early Tuesday in a 7-for-2 playoff to complete the four qualifying spots. Compton has played on the Tour since losing exempt status on the PGA Tour after the 2015-16 season. His most recent PGA Tour start was a missed cut in the 2016 Sanderson Farms Championship. Compton, a Miami native, has enjoyed success at the Honda, making five cuts in six starts, highlighted by a tie for fourth in 2013 (tee times).


Age, in years, of Akshay Bhatia, who has accepted a sponsor exemption into the Valspar Championship. Bhatia, of Wake Forest, N.C., is the reigning AJGA Player of the Year and winner of the recent Jones Cup amateur title. He will be making his first PGA Tour start. The Valspar is scheduled for March 21-24 at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla. Earlier this year, Bhatia announced his intention to skip college and turn pro after the summer amateur season.


Number of times that the New Zealand Open will have been held, when play begins Thursday at the Millbrook Resort and The Hills courses in Queenstown, New Zealand. Australia’s Daniel Nisbet, 28, returns with a hot hand to defend his title. He won the Queensland PGA on Sunday for his third title in the past 12 months on the Australasian Tour. The New Zealand Open dates to 1907.

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