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Derek Ernst

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/16/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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The 2013 Wells Fargo Championship winner Derek Ernst makes his way back to North Carolina for this week's edition which will be held at a new venue, Eagle Point Golf Club.
Cracking this field thanks to his 2013 victory at Quail Hollow Golf Club, Ernst will be making just his third start this season (0-for-2). Looking for a bright side, we can view his results on the Tour this season. So far, he's off to a soaring start, posting a 7-for-7 record that includes a T10 at the United Leasing & Finance Championship just a few weeks ago. Perhaps that good form will translate this week as he returns to a tournament he's previously won. Tue, May 2, 2017 09:11:00 AM

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Derek Ernst heads to Saint Simons Island, Georgia, for this week's RSM Classic.

Playing out of the Past Champions category, Ernst is making just his second start of the 2016-17 season. On the course history front he's making his third straight trip to Sea Island Golf Club, posting a T54 in the 2015 edition and missing the cut last year. The UNLV product remains somewhat of an anomaly since his victory at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship is still his only top 10 in 97 career starts. Gamers can safely avoid Ernst in all fantasy formats until he shows any sign of consistency.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 09:43:00 AM

Derek Ernst enters this week's Wyndham Championship ranked 185th in the FedExCup race, in need of a big finish as he takes on Sedgefield Country Club for the fourth time.

Ernst missed the cut in this 2013 Wyndham debut before returning with T38 and T18 the last two editions. The latter is one of just five career top 25s for the 26-year-old, in 95 starts. Also in his favor is that Sedgefield is located in North Carolina, the home state of the Wells Fargo Championship, the site of his first (and only) PGA TOUR victory. There is nothing statistically that points to Ernst this week, so accepting the North Carolina narrative may be the only way to roster him on fantasy rosters this week.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 04:45:00 PM

Past champ Derek Ernst is in Charlotte for his fourth Wells Fargo Championship.

Ernst improbably won here on debut in 2013 as an alternate. It remains his only top-10 finish on TOUR in 87 career starts. The UNLV alum chased with T30 in 2014 and a missed cut last year by two at 2-over 77-69=146. He sits 37th on the Tour grad reshuffle with five cashes on 11 events this season and 188th in the FedExCup standings. The 25-year-old was a late arrival after posting a T36 (67-70-73) at last week's 54-hole Zurich Classic which didn't wrap until Monday.
Wed, May 4, 2016 03:51:00 PM

Derek Ernst ripped through TPC Louisiana on his way toward a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the first round at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Ernst opened his round on cruise control, going blemish-free on the front nine. That included a 7'2" birdie roll at the par-4 first and a tap-in birdie at the par-5 seventh hole. His lone bogey of the round came at the par-4 10th when his approach shot landed right of the green and he failed to get up-and-down. Ernst tacked of four birdies after that to ease himself home at 3-under 33. This round was an all-around effort as one portion of his game didn't stick out above the rest. He opened last year's Zurich with the same score of 5-under 67 before ballooning to a 5-over 77 in the second round to miss the cut. With TPC Louisiana surrendering birdies in bunches, Ernst can't afford to let his foot off the gas if he wants to avoid the same fate as last year.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 08:21:00 PM

Derek Ernst turns his attention to TPC Louisiana for this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The 25-year-old has earned $2,049,180 in 86 career TOUR events. If you subtract the $1,206,000 for his lone win at the 2013 Wells Fargo, he's banked $843,180 in the other 85. Ernst has missed 51 cuts and made 35, with one top 10, his win. The Tour grad sits 37th on the reshuffle with 40 FedExCup points, going 4-for-10 on the season with one top-60 finish, T20 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms. He's 2-for-3 at TPC Louisiana with a best of T34 in 2014.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 11:40:00 PM

Derek Ernst went 2-for-4 prior to the holiday break and moved from 42nd in the Tour grad reshuffle to 28th, primarily on the strength of a T20 at the Sanderson Farms where he recorded red numbers in all four rounds (69-69-69-70).

Sans the Sanderson Farms finish, only the most die hard of Ernst fans can find the upside in his game. Detractors label the UNLV product a one-trick pony as the 25-year-old's win at the 2013 Wells Fargo remains his only top 10 on the PGA TOUR in 80 career starts. Further, he chased the SFC with T63 (OHL) and a missed cut by four at The RSM Classic. On a positive note, he has made seven of his last 10 cuts across all tours, including a T5 in the penultimate WCT Finals' event, eventually finishing the series 21st in Finals' money.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:04:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 06:29:00 PM

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.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 10:34:00 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.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 06:55:00 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.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 12:53:00 PM

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

The UNLV product debuted last year at MontrĂȘux 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.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 08:34:00 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.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 12:52:00 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.
Thu, May 28, 2015 01:22:00 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.
Wed, May 27, 2015 09:45:00 AM