Life imitates art for Compton at the Masters

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As a child, Erik Compton drew a picture of himself playing in the Masters. At 35 years old, he realizes that dream on Thursday morning.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, April 09, 2015 | 8:31 a.m.

It's been a long, remarkable journey for 35-year-old Masters rookie Erik Compton to earn his spot at Augusta National.

Compton punched his ticket to Augusta after a tie for second a year ago in the U.S. Open.

At 11:03 a.m. today, alongside 1991 Masters champ Ian Woosnam, Compton -- a two-time heart transplant recipient -- will finally realize a dream.

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Just how long has Compton been thinking about teeing it up in the Masters?

Well, based on a tweet he sent out this morning, it's been a while:

Now that's pretty cool... Let's just hope that unlike the drawing, Compton's tee shot finds the fairway instead of Augusta National's "second cut." 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.