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Derek Ernst |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/16/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150
College: UNLV

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Derek Ernst makes his way back to Sea Island Resort for a second try at this week's RSM Classic.
No longer benefiting from his victory at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship, Ernst will be pressed to find as many starts this season. He's currently playing out of the 42nd slot on the Tour priority list. He finished T54 in his debut here last year. Gamers should turn their heads at the thought of investing in Ernst this week and make him earn his spot on their team in future weeks. Nov 18 - 6:29 PM

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Derek Ernst tees it up in his third Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and cracks the field this week via a sponsor exemption.

Ernst is the lowest-ranked pro in the field at No. 566 in the Official World Golf Ranking. His PGA TOUR exemption from his win at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship expired last season after finishing 170th in the FedExCup standings. The UNLV product was able to gain his card back thru the Tour Finals thanks in large part to a T5 at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, the penultimate event of the four-tourney postseason. He chased with a T43 at the Tour Championship to finish 42nd in the priority rankings entering his fourth season on the main tour. The 25-year-old has played the last two editions of the Shriners posting T63-CUT.
Oct 20 - 10:34 PM

Derek Ernst settled for a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in today's second round of the Wyndham Championship and posted 8-under 132 at the break.

He landed only 11 greens in regulation today, so he should be thankful to sign for a red number, even at a fast track like Sedgefield. However, Ernst may be able to afford only one of these forgettable rounds if he's going to make a serious run at qualifying for the Playoffs. He's only three strokes back of the 36-hole co-leaders.
Aug 21 - 6:55 PM

Derek Ernst lit up Sedgefield Country Club for a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-31=63 in today's opening round of the Wyndham Championship.

It's a career low for the 25-year-old in 206 rounds on the PGA TOUR and it comes in the final start of the exemption he secured with his breakthrough victory at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship. He missed only one green in regulation and scattered seven birdies today, five of which from outside 10 feet. However, Ernst's longest conversion of the round taped off at 30'5" and disappeared for par at the par-3 12th, the only hole where he missed the GIR. At last check, he ranked second in strokes gained: putting at 3.370. He signed his card sitting just one shot off the clubhouse lead.
Aug 20 - 12:53 PM

Derek Ernst is back for seconds at this week's Barracuda Championship.

The UNLV product debuted last year at Montrêux Golf and Country Club, finishing T27 by week's end. He arrives in Reno on his way to another lackluster season, racking up just two top-40 finishes in 24 tries. The PGA TOUR winner is still trying to find that zone that channeled him to victory at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship. Perhaps a little Nevada home cooking will do the trick for this Las Vegas resident.
Aug 4 - 8:34 AM

Derek Ernst is 5-under-par 68-67=135 at the halfway point of the Travelers Championship, three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

At 180th in the FedExCup standings and 184th on the money list, Ernst has work to do this summer to retain fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR for next season. Thus far at TPC River Highlands, he's traded nine birdies with four bogeys. Today's set of five birdies featured a pair from just outside 10 feet.
Jun 26 - 12:52 PM

Derek Ernst carded a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in today's opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, checking up one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

Ernst continues to play out the two-year exemption for winning the Wells Fargo Championship in 2013. It expires this season. What's interesting is that with the plethora of notable withdrawals late this week, it drew similarities to the week Ernst beat a sterling field at Quail Hollow. The greens were in terrible shape at the time, so many of those that really didn't need to compete took a pass. Ernst didn't mind that, of course, and he's hunting early at TPC Four Seasons. He traded six birdies with three bogeys. His set of par breakers included a zero-putt five-yarder at the par-4 11th. He then sparked four birdies on his last five holes with a 15-footer at the par-3 fifth. At last check, the 25-year-old led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green with a clip of 5.247.
May 28 - 1:22 PM

Derek Ernst does battle this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship and slots in 179th in the FedExCup standings

Ernst is back for his second loop at the TPC Four Seasons having shot 69-76 in last year's debut to miss the cut by four. He began the year at No. 462 in the Official World Golf Ranking and has cratered to No. 686 on the heels of 11 missed cuts in 17 starts and one top 25 (T17, Valspar Championship). Of course his OWGR took a big hit when his 2013 Wells Fargo title rolled off the books, his only other top 25 on TOUR. The 25-year-old enters the week having missed four of his last five cuts with his only cash a T57 at the Shell Houston Open.
May 27 - 9:45 AM

Derek Ernst crafted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

A rare, flawless day for the 24-year-old. He went 5-for-5 in scrambling and circled an eagle from 24'3" at the par-5 second hole before adding three birdies. Despite the long-range conversion, Ernst's highlight came courtesy of a 10-yard hole-out for birdie from in front of the green at the par-4 13th. His toughest challenge to save par occurred at the par-4 fourth where his try from 13'9" found the target. Today's aggregate matches his season low (third time) in 44 rounds. He signed his card positioned three shots off the clubhouse lead.
Apr 23 - 2:52 PM

Derek Ernst turns his attention to Harbour Town Golf Links for this week's RBC Heritage.

The UNLV product arrives at Hilton Head Island ranked 172nd in the FedExCup standings. He is 6-for-14 on the season with just one finish inside the top 50. Ernst is 183rd in strokes gained on the season which does not help his case. This PGA TOUR winner remains a one-hit wonder and should be treated as such until he gets back into contention.
Apr 14 - 11:34 AM

Derek Ernst limped to the finish line with a 4-over-par 39-36=75 in the final round of the Valspar Championship to finish in a tie for 17th at 3-under 281.

His work at the Copperhead Course this week counts as just his second top-25 finish of his career, with the first being his win at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2013. He circled just one birdie on Sunday, which was a 10-footer on the par-5 11th. He squared three bogeys and a double bogey. Gamers should take a wait-and-see approach in terms of what this means for his value. It's certainly more than it was four days ago, but this could just be another flash in the pan.
Mar 15 - 5:55 PM

Derek Ernst spun a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the Valspar Championship and is the newest clubhouse leader at 7-under 206.

Ernst began his day with a bang, rolling in an eagle from 16'1" on the par-5 first hole. He would surrender a pair of bogeys on the front nine before turning his attention to the back nine at the Copperhead Course. He first birdie of the day fell from 18'1" on the par-4 12th, and he added a short birdie at the par-5 14th and a 22'11" birdie at the par-3 15th. Following a bogey at the difficult par-4 16th, he would par the last two holes. Ernst is proving to be quite the enigma. He was very much an unlikely winner at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2013 and has done nothing to back it up since. That could all change in 18 holes.
Mar 14 - 5:28 PM

Derek Ernst tossed up a 1-under-par 34-36=70 for his second round of the Valspar Championship.

This wasn't his best day overall -- it's tough to know what his best really his, though, as his only top 25 in 61 PGA TOUR starts is a win at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship -- but he generated a red number despite going just 2-for-7 in scrambling with five bogeys. Ernst circled six birdies, including five in a row at one point. The burst began with a conversion from 14'1" at the par-3 17th and ended with his connection from 11'9" at the par-4 third. Sitting 5-under 137, the 24-year-old is just one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Needless to say, save his second title, he's in outstanding position to claim his second career top 25.
Mar 13 - 6:31 PM

Derek Ernst crafted a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Valspar Championship.

Ernst is in his 12th start of 2014-15. He cashed in only four and none for a top 50. So, chalk up today an anomaly, much like you'd classify any medalist at an open qualifier. He hit 12 greens in regulation and poured in five birdies, four of which from outside 11 feet. Three of those conversions traveled more than 17 feet, the longest disappearing from 24'7" at the par-4 seventh hole. With only one bogey on his card, Ernst sits just one swing back of the clubhouse lead. Given his clinic on the greens, it's no surprised that he was leading the field in strokes gained: putting when he walked off. At last check, he had a clip of 3.446.
Mar 12 - 1:26 PM

The third round of The Honda Classic was suspended for the day at 2:51 p.m. ET.

Relentless weather ravaged PGA National's Champion Course this afternoon. Bunkers and greens were flooded and the manual scoreboard in the lake beside the 18th hole was blown over. Those are just some of the details. Play is scheduled to resume at 7:00 a.m. Derek Ernst has yet to hit a ball in his third round, but he won't mind waiting. He made the cut on the number at 4-over 74-70=144 to end a drought of six consecutive missed cuts.
Feb 28 - 2:55 PM