Change of Plans: 22-Year-Old Rookie, Derek Ernst Goes From Alternate To Wells Fargo Championship Winner
Derek Ernst took just eight tries to accomplish something that it takes some golfers years, if not a lifetime, to accomplish: win a tournament on the PGA Tour. The rookie, fresh off his four-year career at UNLV, was not even supposed to attend the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina when he received a phone call that would ultimately change his life. Just six days before the event began, Ernst received a call from the PGA telling him he was in the tournament as the fourth alternate. Ernst took full advantage of his last minute invite, leading a stacked field of seasoned PGA Tour veterans, ultimately hoisting the trophy for his inaugural victory on TOUR.