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Derek Ernst, an unlikely winner at Quail Hollow

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2013 Memories: Derek Ernst, an unlikely winner at Quail Hollow

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JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Six days after learning he would play in the Wells Fargo Championship, Derek Ernst, in his ninth PGA Tour event, found himself lining up a putt on the 18th green of a one-hole playoff against David Lynn.

Derek Ernst wasn’t supposed to be at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club for the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

But there Ernst was, a PGA Tour rookie and the tournament’s fourth alternate, with few expectations but still in a position to win Sunday.

“If I win, great,” Ernst said. “If I (finish) 10th, great.”

Ernst would stare down the legendary likes of third-round leader Phil Mickelson, then beat David Lynn in a playoff.

It was Ernst’s first and only victory. Before the Wells Fargo tournament, he had missed five cuts and finished no higher than 47th. After his victory, he missed nine more cuts and fared no better than 44th.

A one-shot flash? Maybe, but Ernst will always have Charlotte. David Scott

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