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Erik Compton: Heart transplant golfer charged after ‘pushing wife against wall’, Miami police say | US News


A professional US golfer, who survived two heart transplants, has been arrested on domestic abuse charges after allegedly pushing his wife against a wall and throwing her phone into a pool.

Erik Compton, 43, was charged with strong-armed robbery and misdemeanour battery.

Compton was arrested at his home in Miami on Saturday after an argument with his wife, Miami-Dade Police said.

The pair were said to be having a verbal dispute when she began filming the exchange on her phone.

Compton allegedly took the phone and threw it in a pool before grabbing his wife by the shoulder and pushing her into a wall, police said.

She left the home and called the police from a friend’s residence.

He was charged at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami before being released on bond.

Strong-armed robbery is a second-degree felony carrying a sentence of up to 15 years’ jail, 15 years of probation and a $10,000 (£7,800) fine in the state.

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Misdemeanour battery has a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail.

Compton, who tied for second at the 2014 US Open, has recorded no wins and five top 10 finishes in 168 career starts on the PGA Tour.

In 2023, he played in two tour events, finishing tied for 29th place at the Corales Puntacana Championship in March and in joint 63rd place at the Charles Schwab Challenge in May.

He suffers from viral cardiomyopathy and had two successful heart transplants in 1992 and 2008.


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