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Moss, Skinner tied for lead

FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) — Rob Moss shot a 2-under 70 and Sonny Skinner had a 71 for a share of the lead through two rounds of the PGA Professional National Championship on Monday.

Both are at 3-under 139.

Moss, the head pro at Pepper Pike Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio, birdied four of his last eight holes to overcome an early double bogey.

This is the second time he's made the cut at the PGA National in four appearances. The other time came in 2005 when he finished tied for 18th.

"You can't let your guard down," Moss said. "I certainly do not dazzle anyone with my ball striking. I have been playing well enough to know what I can and cannot do."

Skinner, the teaching pro at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga., birdied the 18th hole to tie Moss. He was second in 2008 at the PGA Nationals and tied for 29th last year.

"I played from the back of the bus," Skinner said. "I am not a fast player, but I feel good. I like my game plan. I feel I'm very prepared heading into the next two days."

"We came in trying to play four good rounds," he said. "I got two good rounds out of the way and have two more to go."

Bruce Smith, the PGA director of instruction at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas set a new competitive record on the Dye Course with a 3-under 69. He was tied for second at 2-under 140. He was joined at 140 by defending champion Mike Small and Ryan Benzel.

Small, the University of Illinois men's golf coach, shot a 72. Benzel, the teaching pro at Battle Creek Golf Course in Tulalip, Wash., had a 70.

Danny Balin, Keith Ohr and Jeff Sorenson were at 1-under 141. Sorenson had a 3-under 67. Balin shot a 68. Ohr had a 69.

The best score of the day was the 4-under 66 on the Ross Course by Kyle Flinton, the head pro at Quail Creek Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City.

First-round leader David Paeglow shot a 6-over 78. The head pro at Kishwaukee Country Club in Illinois had six bogeys, one double bogey and two birdies. He was at 1-over 143.

The lowest 70 scores and ties made the cut at 5-over 147 from the field of 312.

The final top 20 will earn spots in the PGA Championship on Aug. 12-15 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.