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Shane Lowry would love to win the Masters

Shane Lowry would love to win the Masters

Shane Lowry would love to win the Masters

Shane Lowry admits that becoming the first Irishman to win the Masters is the only way he could ever match the thrill of winning The Open on home soil.

The Clara man (33) tees it up in his fifth Masters desperate to improve on a record that includes three missed cuts and a best finish of tied 39th in 2016.

But after showing flashes of major winning form by finishing 11th in last week’s Houston Open, he dares to dream of pulling on that green jacket on Sunday.

"If I could ever top Portrush? I think, I'll struggle," he admitted, "But if I have a chance, it will be around here. To be the first Irishman to ever wear the green jacket would be pretty special. That's probably one of the only things that could top it.

"Obviously I've worked very hard all my life and I’ve really put my mind down to it, and I achieved something very, very special last year.

"Yes, I probably won't ever top that, but if it is, it will maybe be around here. I think to wear a green jacket would be just very, very special. You know, I think they will be on par. We'll just wait and see."

While Darren Clarke tied for eighth on his debut in 1998 and Pádraig Harrington was joint fifth in 2002 and 2008 and tied eighth in 2012, Rory McIlroy’s fourth place finish in 2015 is the best Masters performance by an Irish player.

"Only one Irishman had won a major up until 2007, Fred Daly," Lowry said. "So we've punched above our weight over the last 12, 13 years, but before that we didn't really. You never know, hopefully this year is our time."

As for his form and the weight of expectation that comes with winning a major, he admits that winning another one is not an obsession

"I’d dearly love to win another one, there's no doubt about that," he said. "And do I think I can. It’s hard to win them because the top of world golf is so strong at the minute. But if I put myself in a position, I know I can get the job done on a Sunday.

"For me, especially, you need to come out with your best golf and you need to get your breaks along the way and you need to hope that the top two or three players in the world don't bring their A Game, as well."

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