For me, this weekend is always one of my favorites. The confluence of the U.S. Open and Father’s Day is hard to beat for a golfer – and this year, the Open is at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links, which just makes it even that much more special.

When in doubt, ignore Washington – it’s good for your health. I did today, choosing to tune in golf. And there is a story going on even you non-golfers should appreciate.

Erik Compton qualified for the U.S. Open at a 36-hole sectional qualifier last week. But as difficult as that is, that’s not the story – a number of people do that every year. What is interesting is that Mr. Compton has someone else’s heart.

Indeed, this is his third heart. When he was 12, Erik received a heart from a young 15 year-old girl named Jannine who had been killed by a drunk driver. That heart gave Erik 16 years – in which he took up the game of golf, played in college and turned pro. Then, a couple of years ago, he had a heart attack. Now he has a new heart – that of Isaac, a University of Dayton volleyball player killed in a hit-and-run. His third heart.

Erik – who had his wife, parents, 14 month old, friends and, rather heartwarmingly, so to speak, his extended donor family members following him – played just well enough to give him a chance to make the cut if he can play better tomorrow, sitting at +6 after today’s round (Phil is +4, and Tiger +3, and the leaders are -2, to give you perspective).

I will have something much more fun and much more important to enjoy tomorrow than what the fools in Washington are up to.

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