CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you haven't heard of Derek Ernst before, you're not alone.
The 22-year-old tour rookie was on his way to Atlanta to play in a PGA developmental Web Dotcom Tour event last week, when he got the call that a spot in the field had opened up at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.
Sunday, the 4th alternate, who went into Quail Hollow with a world ranking of 1,207 defeated David Lynn in a one hole playoff for his first career victory.
Ernst said, "I stuck to the process. I didn't think about what I had to do or what I didn't do."
Ernst's last victory came over a year ago when he was still a senior in college. For a while it appeared that he and Lynn would have to go through Phil Mickelson to leave Quail Hollow with a win.
Mickelson bogeyed both 16 and 17 and missed a birdie on 18 to join that playoff.
As for the first time winner, Ernst said "I just got out of my own way this week. I just thought about each shot what's next..what's next."
" I stuck to my game plan and whatever happened, happened. His victory means a $1.2 million pay day.
It also enables the tour rookie to play in this week's Players Championship. The Players Championship will be played at the TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida beginning on Thursday.