Player of the week
Derek Ernst. How improbable was Ernst’s win at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow? He was driving toward Athens, Ga., to play in a Web.com Tour event when he got a phone call saying that, as the fourth alternate, he had a spot in the Wells Fargo field. Then he went out and won, overcoming Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, and Rory McIlroy, then beating David Lynn in a playoff. Ernst, a 22-year-old rookie from UNLV, arrived in Charlotte, N.C., ranked 1,207th in the world. After his victory, he’s up to No. 123.
How do you impress noted golf enthusiast Barack Obama? Well, making a hole-in-one while paired with the President of the United States never hurts. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican senator from Georgia, aced the 11th hole at the Andrews Air Force Base golf course Monday while playing a round with Obama and two other senators, Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee and Democrat Mark Udall of Colorado. The Republicans took on the Democrats in a friendly match, with Chambliss saying afterward in a statement, “We had a delightful day of golf with folks who enjoy playing the game. We talked some business, but it was mainly a day for everyone to get away from the office for a little while.”
A pair of aces
Kassandra Komma also came up aces. Twice, actually. The Oakland (Mich.) University junior had never had a hole-in-one when she went out for a casual round with teammates May 1. In the span of five holes, she had two. Komma knocked in her tee shot on the 177-yard third hole at R&S Sharf Golf Course in Rochester, Mich., then did the same thing on the next par 3, the 108-yard seventh. Komma, from Germany, shot a career-low 69 in the round, and was recently named to the All-Summit League team.
Tweet of the week
— Tee times for Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell), who ranks 151st in driving distance this season. Bradley is ninth, Watson 10th.