Skinner's second round cut short after three pars

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

KOHLER, Wis. -- Another day, another delay. That's been the story at Whistling Straits, where a fog delay for the second straight day shortened Albany golf pro Sonny Skinner's second round to only three holes. The Sylvester resident and teaching pro from River Pointe Golf Club wasn't able to start his Friday round for the 92nd PGA Championship until 5:55 p.m. He was originally scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. But those times were made last week when no one expected to see play delayed by more than five hours over the first two days.

Skinner, playing in the final group of the day, was one of those who was affected the most. He will have to return to the course on this morning and finish the final 15 holes of his second round. If he makes

the cut, which will be somewhere around 1 or 2 over par, he'll get a little rest and begin play for the third round -- assuming there's not a rain or fog delay.

Skinner was able to sleep late on Friday morning, something he said he needed after a lengthy first round.

He and caddie Craig Taylor, a member at River Pointe, had spent a lot of time practicing on Wednesday.

"We closed the place down (on Wednesday night)," Skinner said.

Friday was frustrating for everyone in the field. The fog was heavy over Lake Michigan and caused another delay, this time 2 hours and 40 minutes. That's nearly six hours of delay between the two rounds thus far because of fog.

So Skinner turned off the snooze alarm and crashed. He got to the golf course in time to hit some balls and enjoy the surroundings before setting off with playing partners George McNeill, a former winner on the PGA Tour, and David Horsey, an up-and-coming player from England.

Skinner continued his consistent streak by making par on his first three holes. Starting on the back nine, he made par on the 361-yard par-4 10th hole, a par on the monstrous 618-yard par-5 11th hole, and a par on the tricky 143-yard par-3 12th hole.

After going 3-over on his first four holes Thursday, Skinner is now 2-under on his last 17 holes.

"It's been fantastic," Taylor said. "Unbelievable."

Skinner earned a place in the PGA Championship through his performance at the PGA Professional National Championship earlier this summer. Skinner was runner-up in that event for the second time in his career, thus giving him a spot at Whisting Straits.