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Skinner 2nd at Ga. PGA event, preps for PGA Championship in August

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DULUTH -- Another tournament, another solid finish for Sonny Skinner.

The River Pointe pro finished second at the Players Championship at Berkeley Hills Country Club on Tuesday, and while he ended 7-under par, it was one stroke behind winner Chris Nicol.

" I played pretty steady and I was pleased with (the results)," Skinner said.

Skinner, who was tied for the lead going into the 16th hole, said that high finishes like these are encouraging, but he wants to win a tournament for a change.

"I've been playing a lot in the last two months, a lot more than I usually do, and the more you play, the more you tweak things here and there until you become more consistent," Skinner said. "So I'm just doing a little bit of everything pretty good, just nothing (great)."

At least his wallet isn't getting any smaller.

Skinner took home $1,200 Tuesday -- a small sum compared to the $48,000 check he received two weeks ago when he finished second at the PGA Professional Championship in Indiana.

His finish in that tournament qualified him for the upcoming PGA Championship Aug. 9-15 in Whistling Straits, Wis.

Skinner says he can't wait for his chance to play on one of golf's biggest stages next month.

"I've got the yardage book already and I've been looking over it, planning my game for the tournament," Skinner said. "I've also got a good friend from Albany going with me, Craig Taylor, and we're going to have a good time. We'll practice, get some rest, then go in there and hopefully (I'll) play like (I've) always wanted to play."