Castleknock’s David Carey is the talk of the golfing world after carding an incredible 11-under par round of 57 at the Cervino Open in Italy.
The Dubliner returned to Alps Tour duty in rip-roaring style, tearing the course apart with eleven birdies to post 57, a shot lower than Jim Furyk’s PGA Tour record low of 58 at the 2016 Travelers.
Starting on the back-nine, Carey fired a magnificent seven birdies to make the turn in just 27 and picked up four more gains on the way in as he made a mockery of Cervino Golf Club.
The record-breaking Dubliner admitted to having thoroughly enjoyed himself:
“I had a really good round,” said Carey. “I didn’t do anything too wrong. I kept putting the ball close to the hole and kept making the putts. It was fun and in a spectacular setting.”
Obviously unperturbed by the effect of the thinner air on his shots at the 2500m altitude which he affirmed made the ball go further, he had used the practice round astutely:
“I had lots of notes in my yardage book about how far everything went.”
The Guinness World Record remains intact, despite Carey’s best effort with Australian golfer, Rhein Gibson safe for another day. Gibson fired a 16-under 55 during a round at River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma in 2012 to hold the mantle in low-scoring golf.
Unsurprisingly, Carey leads after day one in Italy, with Simon Bryan and Peter Dallat’s ordinarily sound four-under par 64’s overshadowed by the brilliance of Carey.
Michael Dallat and Jonathan Yates at minus-one complete the Irish scoring.
Full scoring HERE
It's #recordtime for @davidcareygolf in 1st round of #cervinoopen w/amazing 57, -11 (par 68) ???!! Best previous scores on #alpstour was 59 (Jean Luc Burnier, Sestriere International Open, 2007; Michael Bush, #cervinoopen, 2013; Julien Clement, Vigevano Open, 2016) #golfshow pic.twitter.com/3W3RBwkhyu
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