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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 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

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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

Derek Ernst took advantage of lift, clean, and place at the 2014 Honda Classic and returns this week for another look at PGA Nation's Champion Course.

Ernst submitted scorecards of 4-under 66 and 1-under 69 at last year's Honda before fizzling out over the weekend. It still remains an impressive feat by his standards, as that T33 is one of only five top 40s since winning the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship. This could be a week where Ernst pops up again but expectations for gamers overall should remain low.
Feb 24 - 11:19 AM

Derek Ernst arrives at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open ranked 178th in the FedExCup standings.

The UNLV product is no stranger to desert golf but could only muster up a T69 in his Phoenix Open debut last year. He managed the feat with just one round in red numbers. Ernst is 3-for-5 on the season but is still looking to unlock that potential that he flashed during the maiden win two years ago. Gamers can safely hold off on investing, until he shows some true form.
Jan 27 - 11:17 PM

Derek Ernst went 3-for-4 over the fall, but still enters the holiday break ranked 162nd in the FedExCup standings.

Ernst is still reaping the status rewards of his lone PGA TOUR victory, which came at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship. He hasn't been able to repeat that performance, or even come close. Since that victory, he's gone 45 straight events without a top 25. At 24 years of age, Ernst is still young and could flip the switch. Until that time comes, gamers can safely avoid him.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 08:44:00 PM

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?
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 05:48:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 07:35:00 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.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 08:30:00 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.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 05:46:00 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.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 09:28:00 AM