Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Sonny Skinner is arguably playing the best of his career after winning Sunday's final in the PGA Match Play Championship.

Skinner, who grew up in Sylvester and is a pro at River Pointe Golf Club, beat Rafael Florani, 3 and 2, on Florani's home course -- the PGA Golf Club's Dye Course.

Counting Sunday's win, Skinner has won six events in the past 2 1/2 months.

"It just means I'm doing a lot of things well," Skinner told The Herald. "I've been able to win on a variety of tournaments -- ones with partners, match and stroke play. That means I'm doing a lot of things good. I enjoy practicing, working on my golf game and playing tournaments and I think I'm doing the right stuff. I want to keep doing that."

Skinner lost Sunday's first two holes in match play and then won the third with a 10-foot putt. Then, Skinner grabbed momentum for good after winning the fifth-through-eighth holes.

"That helped a bunch," Skinner said. "That was the key and it helped me start making more putts. He wasn't hitting the ball good. So I knew if I made birdies and putts from there, I could hold on."

Skinner clinched the victory on the 16th hole, two-putting from the back of the green for par.

After Sunday's win, Skinner watched the Super Bowl, cheering for the champion New Orleans. As a star receiver at Worth County High School, Skinner wore a Saints chinstrap during games.

Then, Skinner said he is going to play golf with friends today and return to Albany.

That, however, won't happen after some celebration.

"It's fun to win," Skinner said.