For the third time in four weeks, the PGA Tour needed extra holes to crown a winner. This week, it was Derek Ernst, who came to the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship as the fourth alternate. Luckily for Ernst, who was No. 1,207 in the world, the relatively poor conditions of several of the greens at Quail Hollow scared off some players who withdrew before the tournament started. A birdie on the 18th hole clinched a playoff spot against David Lynn, and he perfectly played the 18th again to earn his first career win.
The final round started early on Sunday morning, as PGA Tour officials feared the possibility of another suspension due to bad weather and a potential Monday finish. It was cold and wet, with rain persisting through much of the day and wind chills in the low-to-mid 40s.
Those conditions washed away a once-promising leaderboard that featured several of the top names in the world. Phil Mickelson had been at the top of the board for the entire weekend, and he held at least a share of the lead until his second-to-last hole on Sunday. Mickelson walked to the 16th tee with a one-shot lead over the field, but bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 dropped him one off the pace behind Ernst and Lynn. Phil struggled with the putter coming into the clubhouse, and after his blow up on the final four holes on Saturday, the late loss will be a tough one to take for the veteran who praised this venue as one of his favorite on Tour. It was his to lose, and he did just that in the final three holes.
The world's No. 2, Rory McIlroy, was just a shot off the lead early on Sunday. But Rory stumbled on the back nine as well, carding a double bogey at No. 12 and then a bogey at No. 13 to fall out of contention. It was another solid showing for Rory, who picked up his first career PGA Tour win here in 2010. But he still has yet to put it all together this season, and Sunday's late struggles resulted in a T10 finish.
Lee Westwood, who momentarily held the lead with Mickelson at 8-under, also dropped two shots coming in to finish T4. Nick Watney started the day in the lead with Mickelson after both blew up at the end of their third round and brought the field back into it for Sunday. Watney, however, could get nothing going on Sunday and dropped to 4-under. Here are the complete results for the field that played the weekend in Charlotte:
|T6||Bo Van Pelt||-5|
|T10||Charles Howell III||-4|
|T32||Ted Potter, Jr.||E|
|T43||Richard H. Lee||2|
|T43||Brendon de Jonge||2|