Daily Wrap-up: Wells Fargo Championship, Round 4text size
Round 4 Recap: 2013 Wells Fargo Championship
Derek Ernst shot a 2-under 70, winning his first PGA TOUR event after a one-hole playoff with David Lynn.May 05, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One phone call changed his plans. One shot changed a whole lot more for Derek Ernst.
Six days after Ernst received a call that he was in the Wells Fargo Championship as the fourth alternate, the 22-year-old rookie found himself one shot out of the lead and 192 yards away from the flag on the 18th hole, the toughest at Quail Hollow in the cold, wind and rain of a grueling final round.
Ernst choked up on a 6-iron and hit a draw that landed 4 feet from the hole for one of only four birdies on the closing hole Sunday.
"I was trying to hit it as close as I possibly could," he said.
Ernst earned 500 FedExCup points with his victory, moving from 196th to 32nd in the standings.
A year ago, when Rickie Fowler birdied the first hole of a playoff to win the Wells Fargo Championship, Derek Ernst was winding down out the final days of his senior year at UNLV.
Ernst got his degree in hotel management but he didn't exactly plan to put that sheepskin to use. The Californian wanted to make his living playing golf, and he took the long road to the PGA TOUR, pre-qualifying and then surviving all three stages of the final qualifying school that would provide direct access to the PGA TOUR to get his card.
On Sunday, cold and completely drenched but equally determined, Ernst won in his eighth start as a PGA TOUR member -- making birdie on the final hole at Quail Hollow and beating David Lynn with a par on the first hole of sudden death. The win opened up a world of opportunity for the 22-year-old who now has job security for the next 31 months.
"The money is money, it will come and go," said Ernst, who moved from 196th to 32nd in the FedExCup. "But winning and having a job and playing out here for the next two years, that's what I want to do. I want to play out here, so that is the best part." READ MORE
Shot of the Day: Lynn
David Lynn holes a 68-foot birdie chip shot on the par-4 16th hole.
Updated standings 1 Tiger Woods 1,740 -- 2 Brandt Snedeker 1,397 343 3 Billy Horschel 1,205 535 4 Matt Kuchar 1,069 671 5 Kevin Streelman 1,004 736 6 Phil Mickelson 1,003 737 7 D.A. Points 906 834 8 Adam Scott 870 870 9 Graeme McDowell 838 902 10 Dustin Johnson 810 930 Click for complete FedExCup standings
"Disappointing. I think that those holes coming down the stretch are not easy holes, but there is no reason why I couldn't have made par. I had a pretty easy chip on 16 that, unfortunately, it went past the hole. I was trying to leave it short of the hole, and it hit on the down slope
and went past it."
--Phil Mickelson on his finish
"It's the two years on TOUR, for sure. I don't know. The money is money, it will come and go. But winning and having a job and playing out here for the next two years, that's what I want to do. I want to play out here, so that
is the best part."
--Derek Ernst on his favorite perk of winning
Ernst news conference
Derek Ernst meets with the media and talks about his first win on the PGA TOUR.
@DerekErnst7: Thank you to @WellsFargo for an amazing tournament and making it the best tournament of my life so far!
--Ernst has cracked the 1,000 follower mark and is still counting
@LukeDonald: Never heard of Derek Ernst until this week, shows how deep the fields are on the PGA Tour, welcome to the winners circle #GoodForHim
--Ernst wasn't the most-known player on TOUR prior to this week but everyone knows who he is now