European Tour Qualifying School: Mooney hoping to hit big time in Spain
Belfast man Damian Mooney will be quietly confident he can make a big impact in the European Tour Qualifying School final stage in Spain today.
The big hitter is back at the finals for just the second time since he failed to make the grade in 2007 and after a stellar season on the domestic circuit that saw him finish second on the Race to Mount Juliet, he's in superb form.
A bull of a man, he's cruised through the first two stages of the 'school' and if he can find the short-game touch to match his power, he has more than enough game to achieve the holy grail.
If he does it, he will have played 252 holes of pressure-packed golf.
The 42-year-old will be joined in his quest by the Royal Dublin star Niall Kearney and former Royal County Down assistant Simon Thornton.
Big names in action include former Ryder Cup players Andrew Coltart, Jarmo Sandelin and Paul Broadhurst (45), the six-time European Tour winner whose exemption through the all-time money winners list ran out this year. Also competing is Colm Moriarty, the 31-year-old from Athlone who is keen to play all six rounds at PGA de Catalunya and finish inside the top-30 and ties who will earn the right to compete in the 2011 Race to Dubai.