PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst edged out England’s David Lynn in the Wells Fargo Championship play-off to win at Quail Hollow and spring him up more than 1000 places in the rankings. Ernst and Lynn topped the table taking the top two places whilst Phil Mickelson finished in third, Lee Westwood in fourth and Robert Karlsson creeped into fifth place. In the play-off, which was played on the 18th hole, David Lynn unfortunately hit his ball into a bunker which allowed Derek Ernst to take advantage and putt his way to victory.
The overnight leader Phil Mickelson looked in complete control until the 16th hole which he bogeyed; then he did the same on the 17th hole, which put him out of the run in for the title as he finished on -7. It was tough conditions to play in as there was rain and wind putting the players off, but Derek Ernst skilfully kept his cool and showed his class, winning in difficult conditions making his triumph even sweeter. Ernst was outside the top 1,200 rankings before the tournament and this victory has boosted him to a ranked place of 123.
Derek Ernst commented after the tournament, “This feeling is unbelievable right now. Winning was not on my mind. I hit a six-iron and choked up a little bit and hit a draw in there. I was trying to hit it as close as I possibly could, yeah. I knew Dave Lynn was at eight under, so I didn’t know what Phil Mickelson was or where he was at. So I was just trying to get tied with David at eight.”
World number two Rory McIlroy had yet again another tournament which wasn’t up to scratch as he finished on -3 after double bogeying the 12th hole. He found himself four shots behind Derek Ernst and David Lynn without the capability to catch them up and finished the tournament disappointingly.
Author Daniel Foster.
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