PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst, who made the tournament as the fourth alternate, beat journeyman David Lynn of England on the first playoff hole of the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On a day that looked as if it would belong to one of golf’s biggest stars, 22-year-old PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst won the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.
Ernst, who was in college at UNLV a year ago and made this tournament as the fourth alternate, beat journeyman David Lynn of England on the first playoff hole to cap a rainy, chilly day at Quail Hollow Club.
Winning was the last thing on Ernst’s mind.
“Never, really, at all,” Ernst said of how often the thought of victory occurred to him. “I just stuck to my game. If I win, great. If I (finish) 10th, great.”
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Ernst closed with a 2-under-par 70 to match Lynn (70) at 8 under for 72 holes. Ernst earned $1.206 million.
Superstar Phil Mickelson (73) was third at 7 under after bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17.
“I’m pretty bummed out,” Mickelson said. “I thought that this was one I had in control. If I could have gotten that bunker shot up-and-down on 15, I would have had a two-shot lead heading into those last three holes, which I know are difficult holes, so it would have been nice to have that.
“There is just no excuse.”
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor shot a 68, tying for best round of the day, and joined Ryan Moore (73) of Puyallup in a group of players tied for sixth place at 5 under.
Ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (75) tied for 43rd place at 2 over.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — American Cristie Kerr made a short par putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Suzann Pettersen of Norway to win the Kingsmill Championship for the third time.
Kerr, who has 16 LPGA Tour victories, also won at the River Course in 2005 and 2009. Kerr (2-under 69) and Pettersen (67) were tied at 12-under 272 after 72 holes. Kerr, 35, earned $195,000.
Paige Mackenzie (74), an ex-Washington Huskies player from Yakima, tied for 60th place at 8 over.
• Esteban Toledo celebrated Cinco de Mayo by becoming the first Mexican winner in the history of the 50-and-older Champions Tour. Toledo, 50, beat Mike Goodes with a par on the third hole of a playoff at the Insperity Championship in The Woodlands, Texas, and earned $270,000.
Toledo shot a 5-under 67 to match Goodes (72) and Gene Sauers (74) at 6-under 210 after 54 holes. Sauers was eliminated on the second playoff hole.
• Brendon Todd won the Web.com Tour’s Stadion Classic in Athens, Ga.,when rain washed out the fourth round.
Todd, who earned $108,000, had an 8-under 205 total to beat Tim Wilkinson by a stroke. Michael Putnam of University Place tied for fifth place at 4 under.