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Sylvester's Skinner aiming for cut at PGA Championship


Sylvester's Sonny Skinner isn't afraid to admit he's not the best golfer in the world.

The River Pointe Golf Club pro will be playing the world's best next week though.

Skinner is heading to New York's wine country next week for the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill in Rochester, NY.

The three-time PGA Senior Pro of the Year earned his spot by finishing tied for 9th in June's PGA Professional National Championship.

It will be Skinner's third PGA Championship appearance, and he says he's looking forward to once again playing against the best in the game.

But he adds that does change his goals heading into the tournament.

"Realistically I know I don't have a chance to win the tournament Would it be amazing if I was to all of a sudden find a game that's better than I've ever had? Yeah, that would be pretty cool," Skinner laughs. "But to play well, maybe shoot under par."

Skinner says his main goal is to make the cut, but he does have a lofty goal: to finish in the top 15.

That would earn the Sylvester native a spot in another major, the 2014 Masters.

Win or lose, Skinner says it's always fun to play on golf's biggest stages and under the pressure of a major tournament.

And most of that pressure he says comes from the course itself.

"The golf course is tremendously difficult," Skinner says. "They do everything they can to grow in the rough up, making the greens firm, making them fast. They have pin placements in spots that you eliminate half of the hole. If you're on the wrong side, there's no way to get it close."

Skinner is paired with Scotland's Richie Ramsay and the winner of this weekend's Reno-Tahoe Open.

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