Derek Ernst is a professional golfer who joined the PGA Tour following a successful four year golf career at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. At the age of 22, Ernst won his first PGA tournament when he beat David Lynn in a one hole playoff at Quail Hollow, to be crowned the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship winner.

Ernst grew up in Woodland, California. One widely known story surrounding his childhood is a freak accident that left one eye slightly cloudy and his depth perception poor. That didn’t stop Ernst from pursuing a career in golf. He went on to play in college and was twice named the Mountain West Conference player of the year.

With his win at Quail Hollow, Ernst received a two-year exemption and will be seen playing in some of the world’s most prestigious PGA Tour tournaments for what looks to be a long time to come.

Q & A

  1. When did you first start playing golf? Where and why?

    10 years old when my dad used to go out with his brother and I would tag along.

  2. When did you turn pro?

    September of 2012

  3. What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?

    Making a hole in one on a par four at the Public Links Championship and winning Wells Fargo Championship.

  4. If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?

    The young kid who wears the Christian bracelets.

  5. Who was your inspiration growing up:

    Within your sport:
    Probably Tiger Woods and locally was Nick Watney p
    Outside your sport:
    John Elway

  6. What has driven you to work super hard and rise up beyond mediocrity?

    I didn’t want to be just someone that was in the crowd, I wanted to make a difference in my community and show people that anyone can do anything if you really want it.

  7. Are you a rebel? Why or why not?

    Yes because I went to UNLV.

  8. f you weren’t killing it on the golf course, what would you be doing for a living?

    Designing buildings, playing other sports, or playing music.

  9. What is your favorite course?

    Royal County Down in Ireland.

  10. What would you say is your best club? Why?

    Putter, I make a lot of putts.

  11. What is a hidden talent you have other than your sport?

    I can play the drums.

  12. Finish this sentence: “Oakley is ________”

    Awesome and stylish.

  13. If you had to share a hotel room/apartment with one Oakley athlete, who would it be and why?

    Bubba Watson because he’s just a really nice guy.

  14. People would be super surprised if they knew that you…

    are partially blind in my right eye.

  15. What particular skills are you working on?

    Fly fishing.

  16. Your Favorite…

    Food: Chipotle
    Vacation Spot:Italy
    Sport (Besides your own):Football
    Music Genre:Christian
    Movie:Fast And Furious

  17. One word association:

    Golf: fun
    Fairway:got to hit them
    Sand Trap: spin it
    Water Hazard: water fall
    Defeat:maybe next time
    Vision:not so good

Derek Ernst


Life is a journey, not a destination

Date of Birth:
May 16, 1990
Clovis, California
Drums and fishing

Career Highlights

    • 1st - Wells Fargo Championship - 2013
    • Palmer Cup Member - 2012
    • 2nd - U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship - 2011
    • 2013 Wells Fargo Championship Winner

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