Moravia Silesia Open

Here come the young guns

Times are changing and Ireland’s new boys are finally taking centre stage on the European Tour.

Entering the final round of the Moravia Silesia Open in the Czech Republic, Ulstermen Gareth Maybin (28) and Michael Hoey (30) have high hopes of walking away with the trophy.

As 40 somethings Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley holiday in the sunshine with their children, Hoey and Maybin are making hay.

Maybin sitting pretty after 66

Gareth Maybin has earned some serious wedge this season - €373,023 to be exact.

Maybin. Maybe?If he keeps playing the way he played in the Moravia Silesia Open on Friday, he’s a shoe in to make the top 60 money winners who will play the inaugural Dubai World Championship in November.

Ranked 52nd in the money list, he’s also an outside good bet to give Open hero Chris Wood (31st in the 'Race' and 19th in the Czech Republic so far) a run for his money in the Rookie of the Year stakes.

Czeching ... one, two, three

Moravian-Silesian Region Coat of Arms

Two things stood out on the opening day of the Moravia Silesia Open presented by ALO Diamonds.

Okay three.

Not only is the tournament name one of the most intriguing we’ve heard in years, the Irish sextet in action had a very mixed day in the Czech Republic and one of them is in big trouble.