Locals backing Carey to make his mark at maiden Open


David Carey (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

David Carey is being backed to outplay his odds as he prepares to tee it up at The Open for the first time this week at St. Andrews.

The Dubliner is taking part in his first major championship having previously hit the headlines when shooting a world record round of 57 on a par 68 course on the third tier Alps Tour in 2019.

Carey shot rounds of 68 and 69 in final qualifying to seal his major debut and has seen his chances of making the cut this week trimmed into 11/5 from 3/1 with BoyleSports. He has also shortened into 80/1 from 100/1 to be best of the Irish around the famous links, with Rory McIlroy (4/5), Shane Lowry (9/4) and Seamus Power (6/1) the leading three contenders.


Galway’s Ronan Mullarney will also be making his major bow at the Old Course having come through regional qualifying at Prince’s and he has been clipped into 12/5 from 3/1 to make the halfway cut, although he is the 125/1 outsider to finish best of the seven Irish players teeing it up in the final major of the year.

Rory McIlroy, who is chasing a first major championship in eight years, is set to tee off the 8/1 favourite, while the American charge is led by 12/1 second favourites Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth.

Lawrence Lyons, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented: “Paul Dunne emerged from relative obscurity to perform heroics at St Andrews back in 2015 and David Carey is being singled out as the most likely Irish contender to break through this time. He’s attracting a fair bit of interest in the best Irish player market and there is some significant support he will at least perform well enough to play all four rounds.”

The Open 2022

  • 8/1         Rory McIlroy
  • 12/1       Xander Schauffele
  • 12/1       Jordan Spieth
  • 14/1       Scottie Scheffler
  • 14/1       Jon Rahm
  • 16/1 bar

Top Irish Player

  • 4/5         R McIlroy
  • 9/4         S Lowry
  • 6/1         S Power
  • 9/1         P Harrington
  • 40/1       D Clarke
  • 80/1       D Carey
  • 125/1     R Mullarney

To Make the Cut

  • 11/5       D Carey
  • 12/5       R Mullarney

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