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Compton eyes Ryder Cup spot

US Open runner-up Erik Compton admits he has the Ryder Cup in his sights, having leapt into contention following his excellent performance in North Carolina last week.

The 34-year-old American, who has had to overcome two well publicised heart transplants during his eventful life, has flown up the US qualifying table ahead of this September's match at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Thanks to his high finish at Pinehurst on Sunday, Compton moved 40 spots up the latest standings to 19th, needing to rise another 10 places between now and the PGA Championship in August to secure automatic qualification to the team.

And it is a huge achievement that has not gone unnoticed by the player himself, with Compton saying: "I would love to play on the Ryder Cup team, it's a huge goal of mine, and that's now a possibility if I continue to play really, really well.

"I'm 19th in the standings now. Everything is new to me. Being able to prepare for the British Open, I think that style of golf suits my game, a lot of pars and creative shots.

\"It's just a dream of mine to be able to say that, and now I can actually live it."

Six of the players who made up the top 10 in last Sunday's major championship are teeing up in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut which starts on Thursday.

Compton is paired with Keegan Bradley and Jason Day in rounds one and two, and he admits he has received many words of encouragement from people during the past week.

He adds: "Keegan wrote me a nice note on Sunday. That was kind of cool for him to be encouraging on my game before the round and he went out and had a great round himself shooting 67 to finish joint fourth.

"I spoke with Ray Allen (basketball player with the Miami Heat). He and I talked a little before I went to the US Open about just visualising shots.

\"He's one of the greatest three-point shooters of all time and I had been struggling a little bit with the putter.

"A lot of the greats in sports have reached out. I'm not going to go through a list of names but it's really cool to have a lot of guys who have been very encouraging on my story and really rooting for me."

Compton, who has dual nationality as his mother is Norwegian, was a member of the US Walker Cup team which lost to Great Britain and Ireland in 2001.

During that contest in Georgia he faced Luke Donald in a foursomes match and he could meet the Englishman again in a little over three months, providing he can maintain his excellent form on the PGA Tour.

To check out Compton in Connecticut this week, watch the Travelers Championship live on Sky Sports starting Thursday, at 8pm.