Defending Pinnacle Bank champ David Skinn had his career highlight at Indian Creek

David Skinns said he had to go through “a lot of trying and a lot of failure” before winning the Pinnacle Bank Championship last year.

It was emotional. He came to the Club at Indian Creek last season No. 132 on the money list. The win moved him to 33rd.

“It’s been a really long year,” David Skinns said that day. “I don’t want to say I didn’t think it could happen, but at 36 years old I’ve battled for a while.

“It’s been a lot of trying and a lot of failure. You don’t succeed very often in this game unless you’re Tiger Woods. And to finally succeed and finally beat everyone was some kind of feeling.”

Skinns played the final four holes in 4-under — an eagle and two birdies — to pull away from the pack of contenders. Ten golfers held or shared the lead during the final round. At one point, 28 were within three strokes of the lead. His 5- under 66 completed a 16-under 268 tournament.

Skinns, who was born in England and attended Tennessee, hasn’t gotten the career boost he sought. He’s expected to defend his Pinnacle Bank Championship title starting July 18.

Skinns finished 41st on last year’s money list, not high enough to move up to the PGA TOUR but sufficient for another year on the Korn Ferry Tour. Entering July, he was 128th in Korn Ferry points, making three of 15 cuts. His best finish was a tie for 10th at the KC Golf Classic in May.

The trajectory for the 2018 PBC runner-up, Sungjae Im of South Korea, is quite different but predictable since he led the 2018 money list wire-to-wire over 27 events. Im is 26th in the FedEx Cup standings on the PGA TOUR. He has six top-10 finishes in 28 starts.

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