PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst needed one playoff hole to defeat David Lynn to win the Wells Fargo Championship Sunday at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C.

Ernst made par on the first playoff hole, the par-5 No. 18, to defeat Lynn for the first win of his career.

In a final round marked with rain, cold and wind, Ernst found himself one down on the 72nd hole needing to make birdie from 192 yards. He hit his ball to four feet and made the putt to force the playoff.

Ernst came out on top of a strong field that saw Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Nick Watney in contention for the title on Sunday.

“This feeling is unbelievable right now,” said Ernst, who becomes the youngest winner on Tour this year and continues the trend of American dominance of the first half of the Tour season.

Click here to see photos of the clubs Ernst had in the bag at Quail Hollow.

Ernst, a 22-year-old native of California, entered the week ranked No. 1,207 in the Official Golf World Rankings. His best finish in a prior event was T-47 and had missed the cut in five of his seven Tour starts this year. He got into the field this week as a fourth alternate.

Meanwhile, Mickelson appeared to be in total control up by one shot with three holes to play. After bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17, Mickelson watched his 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to get into the playoff slide by.

With the win, Ernst earned himself a two-year exemption on the Tour, 500 FedEx Cup points and entry into next week’s Players Championship, the 2013 PGA Championship, 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions and 2014 Masters.

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Grant Shafranski is the Program Director for the First Tee of Minneapolis and Head Teaching Professional at Hiawatha Golf Club in Minneapolis, MN. He is a Level 2 PGA Apprentice following a successful amateur career where he played collegiately at Division III University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN).


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    • Actually, it was no clear to those of us tuning in Sunday afternoon that our broadcast was on tape delay.

      I drove over to my favorite cigar shop and settled in to watch what was NOT billed as anything other than live. Opened the laptop and BAM! There were the results.

      I placed a small wager with the other poor schmuck who came there to watch– but couldn’t go through with the gag.

      Anyway, this was a problem not only for DVR’ers.

  1. I thought there was an understanding that we were not going to spoil the results of the golf matches for those who are watching it play out on TV. There has been so much concern with thread topic spoilers in the forums yet the winner’s bag and the headlines get posted before the tournament on TV plays out. Really guys? C’mon. I guess I can change the channel now…