CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Derek Ernst, a 22-year-old PGA TOUR rookie who got in as the fourth alternate, two-putted for par on the first playoff hole to beat England's David Lynn and win the Wells Fargo Championship.
Ernst, who had birdied the 18th hole to get to 8 under, hit the fairway with his approach and put his second shot on the green, about 15 feet away from the flagstick. Lynn, meanwhile, was having his problems -- hitting his tee shot onto the bank of the creek that runs down the left side of the fairway and his second shot into the right greenside bunker.
Lynn blasted out across the green and chipped back on, the ball sliding 8 feet by the hole. Ernst's birdie putt lipped out but he tapped in for the win that earned him a spot in next week's PLAYERS Championship.
The win came in Ernst's eighth start as a PGA TOUR member. The Californian's previous best finish was a tie for 47th at last week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Ernst is the fourth first-time winner in the last six tournaments at Quail Hollow.