Damian Mooney might be famous for his long driving prowess but the Belfast man didn't expect to build-up for the exhausting European Tour Qualifying School finals with a 400-mile drive up the east coast of Spain.
Forced to change his travel plans due to the weather chaos that hit Irish airports last week, the Belfast man (42) had to jet to Alicante instead of Girona last Thursday.
Despite his unforeseen six-hour haul, the Irish circuit regular fired a two-under-par 68 on the Tour Course at PGA Catalunya Resort to lead the Irish challengers.
“Dublin (airport) was closed because of the snow and the only place they could fly me from Belfast was Alicante,” said Mooney, who shares 20th place in an event where the top 30 and ties after six rounds will earn tour cards.
“I played scrappy enough and didn't feel that great but it's behind me now,” said Mooney. Former Royal County Down assistant Simon Thornton was tied for the overnight lead on three-under-par with six to play.