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Derek Ernst |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/16/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150
College: UNLV

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Derek Ernst signed for a 5-over-par 37-40=77 following his opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.
He hit 12 greens and converted a pair of birdie-4s, but also squared five bogeys and a double at the Country Club of Jackson today. That he's even competing is confusing. It was reported at The McGladrey Classic where he shared 54th place that he was done until at least January. As it was understood, Ernst was the best man for a friend's wedding and would be focusing on that. This would be big news if he moved the needle, but it's still confounding. Did he change his mind? Did his friend? Nov 6 - 5:48 PM

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Derek Ernst reached the halfway point of The McGladrey Classic in 5-under-par 68-67=135 and sits four shots off the 36-hole lead.

You may not know (or believe) it, but Ernst arrived in Sea Island having cashed in his last seven starts. Make it eight now. And he's guaranteed to carry this streak into the 2015 portion of the schedule as he's sitting out the remainder of the fall to serve as the best man for a friend's wedding. Today's stroll around Seaside included an eagle conversion from 41'3" at the par-4 15th hole and five birdies prior to it. That set included rolls from 20'4 at the par-4 first hole and 14'10" at the par-4 fifth. Ernst also squared four bogeys, including a three-putt from just outside 49 feet at the par-4 10th, but he can hardly complain about his position entering the weekend. His only top 25 in 52 previous PGA TOUR starts is his victory at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship.
Oct 24 - 7:35 PM

Derek Ernst kicks off his 2014-15 PGA TOUR season at the Open.

Ernst is on TOUR with full status this season thanks to his win at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship. He needed the two-year exemption that came with that victory, as he finished 171st in the FedExCup standings and 173rd on the money list and would have lost his card without that title. He is a native of Woodland, California, so perhaps that bodes well for his chances this week in Napa.
Oct 7 - 8:30 PM

Derek Ernst scored 11 points in his opening round of the Barracuda Championship.

The PGA TOUR sophomore has been quiet all season. Just 10-for-26 with no better than a pair of 30th-place finishes, the former at the 30-man gathering at Kapalua, he's rapidly exhausting the opportunities created by his breakthrough win at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship, site of his other season-tying-best finish in 2013-14. So, while he's fully exempt through next season, today was exactly what the 24-year-old needed. He hit 14 greens in regulation en route to six birdies and a 5-under-par 33-34=67. His only bogey occurred at the par-4 fourth hole. Ernst signed his card sitting five points off the clubhouse lead.
Jul 31 - 5:46 PM

Derek Ernst will take his first look at Royal Montreal Golf Club at this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Ernst finished dead-last in last year's event held at Glen Abbey with a score of 82-79=161. This year's edition brings hope with a new host course, Royal Montreal Golf Club. Ernst enters the week with two straight cuts made, but a 9-for-25 record on the season. Gamers would be wise to avoid, unless they find that 36% cuts made attractive.
Jul 23 - 9:28 AM

Derek Ernst missed the cut in his TPC River Highlands debut, but is back for revenge at this week's Travelers Championship.

Ernst potential remains untapped as his 2013 Wells Fargo Championship victory is still his only PGA TOUR top 25 in 43 career events. Consistency is the issue at hand for the young pro, as his first and second round scores have fluctuated by seven strokes in three of his last four tournaments. Ernst is losing 1.68 strokes per round to the field average in 2014, and can safely be excluded from any fantasy rosters.
Jun 17 - 10:30 AM

Derek Ernst opened his title defense of the Wells Fargo Championship with a 1-over-par 37-36=73.

Ernst went 2-for-4 in scrambling en route to two bogeys and added a pair of three-putt bogeys on par 3s. He jarred three birdies, the longest measuring 17'3" at the par-4 third. He also saved par from 13'4" at 9. He signed his card sitting seven strokes off Ángel Cabrera's overnight lead. Continue to omit Ernst from all fantasy rosters.
May 1 - 7:21 PM

Derek Ernst was the surprise breakthrough winner of the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship and is back to defend this week.

Many people will remember Ernst's win as one that occurred on greens that weren't up to PGA TOUR standards. Since then, Quail Hollow Club has replaced the greens and even redesigned parts of the course. All that means the sophomore will have a very different and more demanding course awaiting him this week. He hasn't finished better than 30th, also known as dead last in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, since that win. At this point, it would be a surprise if he did anything more than make the cut.
Apr 28 - 9:28 PM

Derek Ernst makes his first appearance in the Shell Houston Open this week.

The sophomore ranks 171st in the FedExCup standings, so his win at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship remains an oasis in an otherwise unremarkable young career. Somewhat shocking, he ranks second on the PGA TOUR in total driving. That only matters if he's converting that into GIR and holing putts, which he isn't. He ranks 129th in GIR and 176th in strokes gained.
Mar 31 - 9:52 PM

Derek Ernst followed his opening 66 at The Honda Classic with a 1-under-par 34-35=69 to post 5-under 135 at the midpoint, six strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Ernst rallied for three birdies in today's round, but his longest conversion measured 14'3" for par at the par-4 fourth where he sent his approach well left of the green. That burned up the karma as he then double-bogeyed the par-3 fifth when he found water off the tee. There's really no telling what lies ahead for the PGA TOUR sophomore, but he's hanging in there on a course that rewards solid shots.
Feb 28 - 5:56 PM

Derek Ernst twirled a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of The Honda Classic to earn a temporary share of the clubhouse lead.

Expectations are both a compliment and a burden. Ernst won last year's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow on greens that no one wants to see again. He's forever a PGA TOUR champion, but he's done absolutely nothing to validate that success. It remains his only top 40 in a full-field event. (He finished last of 30 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last month.) Today he split eight (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation en route to an eagle (at the par-5 third hole) and four birdies, the longest measuring 18'5" at the par-4 10th. He squared two bogeys but saved par from 10'8" at 13. This is his lowest round since he opened with the same at Colonial last May. His career low happens to be his first, a 65 at the 2012 Open.
Feb 27 - 12:57 PM

Derek Ernst will make his first trip to Riviera Country Club for the Northern Trust Open.

The sophomore enters this week off a T69 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which was his best start of the season absent finishing dead last in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Of note, he's actually proven to be a solid driver of the golf ball, though struggling at basically everything else. He ranks third in total driving, which could come in handy on a noted ball-striker's course.
Feb 11 - 9:44 PM

Derek Ernst went off first in the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and managed to break par for the first time with a 3-under-par 35-35=70.

The Plantation Course rookie finishes his week at 9-over 301, and was the only member of the 30-man field over par when the finale began. He circled four birdies to just one bogey on the windiest day of the week. He had his best day of the tournament in all facets, missing just two fairways, landing 14 GIR and gaining over a stroke with the putter after losing ground to the field in each of his other three rounds.
Jan 6 - 5:37 PM

Perhaps no winner on the 2013 PGA TOUR was more unlikely than Derek Ernst, and he now heads to Kapalua for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Though relatively young as a tournament by TOUR standards, the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow has quickly become one of the more prestigious tournaments on the circuit that isn't a major or a WGC. Unfortunately for that event, they lost the greens just before the tournament, and a venue that has produced solid champions year after year turned into a bit of a wild card. As withdrawals began to add up before the tournament, Ernst moved from an alternate into the field and walked away with the win. It was the only time all season he finished inside the top 40. Point being, due to his play the rest of the season and the circumstances surrounding the Wells Fargo, he may have easily been the biggest surprise winner of 2013.
Jan 1 - 12:59 PM

Derek Ernst makes his first start in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba this week.

Perhaps the most unlikely winner of a 2013 PGA TOUR event, the now sophomore has made one of his three cuts to start the season. Don't get too excited, as that came in the WGC-HSBC Champions which just so happens to be a no-cut event. He tied for 61st, with a first-round 71 his best of the week.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 08:42:00 PM