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He now is in his fourth straight season on golfs toughest circuit, and he has shown steady improvement.The next step is to win, and Compton has been around long enough not to get overly excited about a good start.He opened with a pair of birdies in the morning chill on the Seaside Course at Sea Island, dropped only one shot and joined Sea Island resident Brian Harman, Michael Thompson and Will MacKenzie in the lead.Chesson Hadley was among six players one shot behind. More than half of the field was at par or better on a gentle day for scoring.I expect I should win this year. Thats a goal of mine, Compton said. Its always been a goal, but I think every time I get on the course it becomes more of a realistic expectation.Compton first played Sea Island when he competed in the SEC Championship while at Georgia in 2001. A few months later, Compton played in the Walker Cup at nearby Ocean Forest.The first hurdle when he turned pro was realizing that everybody out here is really, really, really, really good. The more serious hurdle was his heart.Compton had his first transplant when he 12 because of cardiomyopathy, an enlarging of the heart that hinders its ability to pump blood. He had his second in 2008 and ended that year by making the cut in the final PGA Tour event.His story never gets old, and Compton is happy to tell it, especially if that means bringing attention to the Donate Life America campaign. He prefers to look ahead, at the next shot, the next tournament, trying to get the most he can out of his game, just like the guys he is trying to beat.Compton has reached the FedEx Cup playoff the last two seasons and advanced to the third round at the BMW Championship last month. In the short off-season, he spent more time in the gym trying to get stronger at the recommendation of former Miami Heat guard Ray Allen.I went to the gym with him a couple of times and played him for some money games in Miami, Compton said. He was just trying to motivate me to get in better shape. So I worked out a little bit. And then just played five or six rounds with him before I went back on the road.Easy money? Compton smiled.I got him five ways one day, he said without mentioning a dollar amount.Compton played on that Walker Cup team with 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover along with Bryce Molder and D.J. Trahan, who both went on to win on the PGA Tour. The Britain & Ireland team featured former world No. 1 Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell, the U.S. Open champion at Pebble Beach.Comptons hopes were not much different from theirs — turn pro, win tournaments.I think when I was younger, I had some unrealistic expectations, he said. I knew I was a good player. 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