May 5 2013
UPDATE: Derek Lynn parred the first hole of sudden death to win the Wells Fargo Championship.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- England's David Lynn and PGA TOUR rookie Derek Ernst are in a pllayoff to decide the Wells Fargo Championship after Phil Mickelson was unable to birdie the 18th hole and join them. You can follow the action below.
Mickelson, who now has seven top-10 finishes in 10 appearances at Quail Hollow, bogeyed the 16th and 17th hole to fall out of sole possession of the lead. His approach at the 18th was long and in the back fringe, but he missed the 19-footer for the birdie that would have landed him in sudden death.
The playoff begins at the 18th hole, which is the most difficult of the day and has yielded just four birdies -- one of which was made by Ernst. If needed, the playoff continues at No. 17, which has given up seven birdies, and then goes back to the 18th.
Both players are bidding for their first PGA TOUR victories. If Ernst, who was the fourth alternate, wins he would also earn an invitation to next week's PLAYERS Championship.
No. 18: Lynn hit his drive into the tall grass on the bank of the creek that runs down the left side of the fairway. His second landed in the right greennside bunker. Ernst, on the other hand, found the fairway and put his second shot on the green, about 15 feet from the flagstick.
Lynn's bunker shot flew the green but stayed out of the creek. His chip went 7 feet past the hole. Ernst lipped out for birdie but tapped in for par and his first PGA TOUR win.