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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 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

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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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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 Frys.com 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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 08:42:00 PM

Derek Ernst is set for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

It’s safe to assume that the expectation is that his rookie year will come to a close at TPC Boston this year. He ranks 83rd in the FedExCup standings and really hasn't been a factor all year with the exception of his win at the Wells Fargo Championship seemingly from out of nowhere. Either way, not a bad season for a Q School grad fresh out of college.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 09:23:00 PM

Derek Ernst finds himself in the field at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational due to his win at Quail Hollow earlier in the season.

When you look at the rookie's full body of work, he may be the most unlikely member of this elite field. His win at the Wells Fargo Championship came after he entered the field as an alternate and on greens that had seen better days to put it kindly. That victory also remains his only top-25 finish of the season.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 10:02:00 PM

Derek Ernst came out of nowhere to win the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year and now heads to TPC River Highlands for his first crack at the Travelers Championship.

Since his win, Ernst has two of four cuts, but nothing has amounted to anything more than a T46 at Colonial. His spike is reminiscent of what Ted Potter Jr. did in his rookie season of 2012, winning The Greenbrier without warning. There's still time for him to differentiate himself, but it's likely his week at Quail Hollow will be the only reason he has a 2013-14 TOUR card a year's end.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 10:32:00 PM