Ernst Wins Wells Fargo Championship In Playoff

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Derek Ernst defeated David Lynn at the Wells Fargo Championship with a par-4 on the first playoff hole (No. 18).  This was the sixth playoff in tournament history and third consecutive (2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013). This was the fifth playoff on TOUR this season.  Ernst joins Jim Furyk (2003) as the only first-round leaders/co-leaders of this event who held on for the win.  He moves to No. 32 in the FedExCup standings with 528 points.

Ernst is the second rookie and the youngest player (22 years, 11 months, 19 days) to win on TOUR this season ahead of Russell Henley (Sony Open in Hawaii at age 23 years, 9 months 1 day).

The was Ernst’s first start in the Wells Fargo Championship. He got a spot in the field off the alternate list on Monday when Freddie Jacobson withdrew.

With the win, Ernst plays his way into THE PLAYERS Championship.

A rookie on TOUR this season, Ernst played in just his eighth event of the season this week. His only two previous made cuts came in his first start of the year at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T59) and

last week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (T47).

Lynn made his 16 career start on the PGA TOUR and first in the Wells Fargo Championship this week.  His two previous top-10 finishes on TOUR came at the 2013 Honda Classic (T4) and the 2012 PGA Championship (2nd).

Lynn is playing his first season as a PGA TOUR member after finishing in the top-125 on the 2012 PGA TOUR non-member money list.  His only win on the European Tour was the 2004 KLM Open.

Phil Mickelson finished 3rd at 7-under.  Mickelson holds the Wells Fargo Championship record for the most top ten finishes, with seven in 10 appearances.  Along with his solo second in 2010, he finished T5 in 2004, T7 in 2005, T3 in 2007, T5 in 2009, T9 in 2011, 3rd in 2013.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Derek Ernst     67-71-72-70 — 280 (-8)

David Lynn      71-68-71-70 — 280 (-8)

Phil Mickelson 68-67-73-73 –281 (-7)