Tracker: Ernst wins first PGA Tour title in playoff

Derek Ernst fired a 2-under 70 and outlasted David Lynn in a sudden-death playoff to win the Wells Fargo Championship.

Derek Ernst fired a 2-under 70 and outlasted David Lynn in a sudden-death playoff to win the Wells Fargo Championship.

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Derek Ernst wasn't even in the Wells Fargo Championship field at the outset of this week.

But he'll leave Quail Hollow with his first career PGA Tour title.

In the field as the fourth alternate -- nine players withdrew prior to Wells Fargo this week -- Ernst fired a 2-under 70 and outlasted David Lynn on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win in only his ninth start on Tour.

Ernst entered the week at No. 1,207 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Overnight co-leader Phil Mickelson bogeyed both Nos. 16 and 17 to fall one shot short of the playoff and finished solo third.

See how it all unfolded here:

• • •

Update No. 25: 2:07 p.m. EDT

Off the tee: Lynn narrowly escapes a creek and is in the hazard off the tee, with the ball well above his feet. Ernst finds the fairway.

Approach shots: Lynn sends his second shot into a bunker on the right while Ernst sticks his second shot to about 12 feet.

Around the green: Lynn's bunker shot sails the green and nearly finds the hazard.

On the green: Ernst needs only a two-putt to win and he lips out on the birdie attempt and settles for par and his first career PGA Tour title.

• • •

Update No. 24: 2:01 p.m. EDT

David Lynn and Derek Ernst will head back to the 18th tee box for the sudden-death playoff. Lynn is currently ranked No. 64 in the world, while Ernst is No. 1,207. Ernst would move inside the top 150 with a win.

• • •

Update No. 23: 1:55 p.m. EDT

After finding the fairway off the tee, Phil Mickelson's approach from just over 220 yards rolls just off the back of the green and leaves himself 15 feet to move into the playoff. But he misses it long and left and that will send Derek Ernst and David Lynn into a two-man playoff for the Wells Fargo title.

• • •

Update No. 22: 1:39 p.m. EDT

After missing the green to the right at the par-3 17th hole, Phil Mickelson leaves his long birdie try about 12 feet short and misses the putt to fall out of a share of the lead. The rain is coming down pretty hard and Mickelson will need a birdie at No. 18 to get into a three-way playoff with Derek Ernst and David Lynn.

• • •

Update No. 21: 1:24 p.m. EDT

Well, make that a three-way tied for the lead. Phil Mickelson bogeys the 16th hole to fall back to 8 under, while David Lynn posts par at 18 to get into the clubhouse at 8 under, joining Derek Ernst in the waiting game.

• • •

Update No. 20: 1:20 p.m. EDT

We have a new clubhouse leader in rookie Derek Ernst, who birdies the par-4 18th hole to get into the clubhouse at 8 under behind a 2-under 70 on Sunday. After making the turn at 1 over for the day, Ernst picked up three birdies on the back nine to apply the pressure on leader Phil Mickelson, who has three holes to play.

• • •

Update No. 19: 1:16 p.m. EDT

Ryan Moore falls into a three-way tie for third after a bogey at the 16th hole and is now two back of leader Phil Mickelson. Moore has four birdies and three bogeys on his round.

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Update No. 18: 1:11 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson can't get a 12-footer to fall on the par-5 15th and stays at 9 under, one shot clear of David Lynn and Ryan Moore.

Lynn has moved to the par-4 18th hole after a par on the 17th.

• • •

Update No. 17: 1:02 p.m. EDT

David Lynn chips in for birdie on the 16th hole to move to 8 under, one shot off Phil Mickelson's lead.

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Update No. 16: 12:57 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy ends his round with a bogey to card a 1-over 73 and get into the clubhouse at 4 under. McIlroy stepped up to the 12th hole one shot off the lead, but a double on No. 12 and a bogey at No. 13 pushed him well back and the Ulsterman is still looking for his first victory of 2013.

• • •

Update No. 15: 12:50 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson breaks out of the share of the lead with a birdie of his own at the 14th hole and is now at 9 under, one shot clear of Ryan Moore and David Lynn.

Kyle Stanley is currently the clubhouse leader at 5 under.

• • •

Update No. 14: 12:40 p.m. EDT

Ryan Moore buries a birdie putt on the 14th hole to jump into a share of the lead with Phil Mickelson at 8 under.

Meanwhile, ahead on the 17th hole, Rory McIlroy can only card a par and he remains at 5 under. He'll need a birdie at the last and hope for lots of help.

• • •

Update No. 13: 12:29 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy birdies the 16th to get to 5 under, hitting his approach shot on the par 4 to about 10 feet and making the putt.

Robert Karlsson cards his first bogey of the day at the 13th and falls to 6 under.

• • •

Update No. 12: 12:22 p.m. EDT

Leader Phil Mickelson has now parred seven in a row, going fairway-green-two putts on the par-4 12th to stay at 8 under and even for the day.

Birdies at the 14th bring David Lynn and Lee Westwood back to 7 under, a shot back.

Charles Howell III double-bogeys the finishing hole after finding water off the tee. He cards a 71 and ends his week T-13 at 4 under. Luke List and Kyle Stanley have the round of the day at 68, the only two golfers so far to break 70 today.

• • •

Update No. 11: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Charles Howell III, looking to become the leader in the clubhouse on a day when weather might lend an advantage to that status, bogeys No. 17 to drop to 6 under. He missed the green right, pitched to about 20 feet and missed the par putt.

Phil Mickelson pars the 11th after missing the fairway, then reaching the green with his second shot.

Rory McIlroy pars the par-5 15th, wedging his third shot from the rough to about 10 feet and two-putting from there. He's still 4 under, four shots back of Mickelson, with three holes to play.

Lee Westwood bogeys his second straight and is two shots back of Mickelson through 13.

• • •

Update No. 10: 12:01 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at players among the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking and see where they stand for the week:

  • Rory McIlroy, No. 2: T-12, 4 under with four holes to play.
  • Phil Mickelson, No. 11: Leader, 8 under with eight to play.
  • Lee Westwood, No. 12: T-2, 7 under with six to play.
  • Sergio Garcia, No. 14: T-16, 3 under with three to play.
  • Bubba Watson, No. 17: Missed the cut.
  • Webb Simpson, No. 18: T-33, even par after shooting 73.

• • •

Update No. 9: 11:53 a.m. EDT

Ryan Moore also moves to 7 under with a birdie at the par-5 10th. He's one back of leader Phil Mickelson, who parred the 10th – and tied with Lee Westwood, bogeyed the 12th to fall from the lead. Charles Howell III pars the 16th to stay at 7 under and Robert Karlsson does the same at the 10th.

• • •

Update No. 8: 11:46 a.m. EDT

Charles Howell III moves within a shot of the co-leaders at 7 under with birdies at the 13th and 15th. He's got a good chance to surpass leader-in-the-clubhouse Kyle Stanley (who shot 68 today), standing two shots ahead with three holes to play – though Quail Hollow's closing holes are known for being tough, nicknamed the "Green Mile."

• • •

Update No. 7: 11:39 a.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy slides with a double bogey at the par-4 12th and a bogey at the par-3 13th, where he missed the green and couldn't get up and down. He falls to 4 under, four back of the lead, and will need to gain strokes on Quail Hollow's difficult closing holes.

• • •

Update No. 6: 11:22 a.m. EDT

Lee Westwood moves into a tie for the lead with a birdie at the par-5 10th, tying Phil Mickelson at 8 under.

Mickelson scrambles at the par-4 9th, missing the fairway and needing three to get on the green – but wedging to two feet and making the short putt for par.

• • •

Update No. 5: 11:07 a.m. EDT

Robert Karlsson joins the T-2 fray at 7 under as well, wedging it close and sinking a birdie putt at the short par-4 8th. Lee Westwood pars the 9th, missing the green but getting up and down for the save to stay in the T-2 mix. David Lynn bogeys the par-4 9th, missing the green and failing to get up and down, to drop to six under. Nick Watney bogeys the 8th to also drop to 6 under.

• • •

Update No. 4: 10:53 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson remains in the lead as he and playing partner Nick Watney par the par-5 7th hole. Rory McIlroy pars the 10th, his third par in a row.

To the southeast, the final round of the Web.com Tour's Stadion Classic in Athens, Ga., has been rained out. Brendon Todd – a Georgia grad and the 54-hole leader – is named the winner, the third consecutive former Bulldog to win.

• • •

Update No. 3: 10:44 a.m. EDT

David Lynn moves into the tie for second at 7 under, with back-to-back birdies at the 7th and 8th. He's 1 under today.

• • •

Update No. 2: 10:35 a.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy is 2 under today, after starting with a bogey on the 1st hole then scattering birdies at the 3rd, 4th and 7th. He carded back-to-back pars before making the turn.

• • •

Update No. 1: 10:31 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson is your leader by a shot, even today through six holes to stay ahead of Rory McIlroy, Nick Watney and Lee Westwood. Mickelson had bogeyed the 3rd hole to fall from the lead, but moved back into a share with a birdie at the 5th and took the lead outright when Watney bogeyed the 6th.

• • •

Early risers

Kyle Stanley is 4 under through 14 holes, getting to 13th place at 5 under. Charles Howell III and Luke List are 3 under through 11, with Howell T-5 at 6 under and List T-19 at 2 under.

• • •

Slow starters

Steve Marino and Luke Guthrie are 5 over today – but perhaps most notable is George McNeill, who started the day in third place a shot back of the lead and is 4 over through six holes to fall to T-16 at 3 under.

• • •

Weather conditions

With serious chance of rain this afternoon, showers have begun to approach Charlotte from the south. According to weather.com, the rain chance increases each hour today; the heaviest rainfall in the region as of 10:20 a.m. EDT was a little more than an hour away over Spartanburg.

• • •

Saturday coverage

5 Things: Mickelson, Watney lead heading into rainy Sunday

Co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney will try to stay ahead of all challengers – and the rain. Plus, why George McNeill got rattled late, and more.

Rude: McIlroy loses confidence in putter on his 24th birthday

Rory McIlroy surely has had better birthdays. It’s not just that he made a double bogey and three bogeys in a sloppy 73 in the Wells Fargo Championship third round. His overcast day was darkened by the instrument known as the flat stick.

How it happened: Mickelson, Watney tied for lead

See how events unfolded – with several players making early runs and giving strokes back late – as Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney emerged from the third round with the lead in Charlotte.

• • •

Friday coverage

5 Things: Mickelson seeks elusive victory in Charlotte

Phil Mickelson has finished in the top 10 in six of his nine tries at Quail Hollow Club. Also: Sergio Garcia eludes a penalty after a call-in from a TV viewer; Lee Westwood charges to T-5 despite playing through an illness.

Rude: Pampling's alternate route to Charlotte yields fitting reward

Rod Pampling barely missed getting into the Wells Fargo Championship via Monday qualifying, finding himself the 10th alternate and heading to Georgia instead – until several withdrawals had him checking out of his other hotel and hitting the road. He has taken advantage with two strong rounds.

Second-round 71 keeps Rory McIlroy in hunt

2010 Wells Fargo champ and Thursday co-leader Rory McIlroy slipped a bit off the pace with a 71 Friday, but his confidence remains high thanks to a recent swing tweak.

How it Happened: Mickelson leads Wells Fargo

Phil Mickelson held the lead midway through his second round, fell into a tie, then pulled away for a two-stroke lead he wouldn't relinquish Friday.

Tee times and pairings: Wells Fargo Championship, third round

Phil Mickelson will bring up the rear Saturday, while some power pairings include Rory McIlroy with Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia with Jordan Spieth.

• • •

Thursday coverage

How it happened: McIlroy in 7-way tie for Wells Fargo lead

Rory McIlroy shot 5-under 67 on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship. The 2010 champion of the event enters the second round in a seven-way tie for the lead. See how it all unfolded at Quail Hollow!

5 Things: Rory McIlroy strong at Wells Fargo again

Rory McIlroy hasn’t played a competitive round since the Masters, but opened with a 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead with six others. Here are 5 Things to Know about the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Harrington bellies up to anchored putter at Quail Hollow

Padraig Harrington – who has stated his support for the R&A proposed ban on anchoring putting strokes – put one to use Thursday at Quail Hollow Club for the first time as a pro.

• • •

Previous coverage

McIlroy says he's thinner than when he was Wells Fargo winner

Rory McIlroy, asked what's changed since he won in Charlotte in 2010, says he's in better shape than he was then. Plus: A check on Quail Hollow's greens, revisiting the least-known member of last year's playoff here, and more.

Simpson tops mixed bag of predictions for Wells Fargo

Webb Simpson is among the big names in this week's Fantasy Tip Sheet and list of predictions.

Cleared by PGA Tour, Singh withdraws from Wells Fargo

Vijay Singh, cleared by the PGA Tour in his deer antler spray performance-enhancing substance admission, withdraws from this week's Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., citing injury.

Quail Hollow scrambles to repair greens

The site of the Wells Fargo Championship, one of the premier stops on the PGA Tour, underwent emergency maintenance as two greens at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., were completely re-sodded.

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