Carey cruises through Pre-Qualifier for Valero Texas Open

John Craven

David Carey (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

Professional golf is hard – just ask David Carey.

The big-hitting Dubliner has just won a qualifier to get into a qualifier such is the depth of talent on the top tier of pro golf.

Carey is looking to earn a start at next week’s Valero Texas Open on the PGA Tour and step one is complete after he romped to a three-shot victory after firing a sizzling eight-under 64 in pre-qualifying at Cypresswood GC.


“First tournament in Texas, first win in the USA! On to the final qualifier!” Carey wrote on Twitter, rightfully chuffed.

No stranger to going low when needed, Carey qualified for last year’s 150th Open celebration at St Andrews, playing all four rounds at the Home of Golf.

He also shot 57 on the Alps Tour and has been dubbed Mr 57 ever since. It was the lowest round ever recorded in an OWGR event and propelled him to his maiden tour win.

This year Carey is expected to split his time between Alps and Challenge Tour but how he’d dearly love to qualify for next week’s $8.9m Valero Texas Open on golf’s premier tour.

Another eight-under par round of 64 should just about do it but these Monday Qualifiers are so deep that even that type of brilliance could come up short of entry to the Promised Land.

Should you get there, however, there’s no telling what one big week could do to a career like Carey’s.

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