Reigning British Open champion Shane Lowry says turning into the primary Irishman to win the Masters is among the few issues that might match the fun of capturing the Claret Jug on Irish soil.
The 33-year-old captured final 12 months’s Open at Royal Portrush however hasn’t had the prospect to defend the crown but with this 12 months’s occasion cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic that additionally delayed the Masters from April to November.
“It is one thing that I really feel very privileged to have been capable of obtain in my life,” Lowry stated.
“To get the chance to not to mention play the Open Championship in Eire however to go on and win it within the type I did, to have the ability to get pleasure from that stroll down 17 and 18, I do look again on it with so many fond reminiscences and sort of pinch myself.”
World quantity 27 Lowry struggled to ponder what may rival that feeling however stated profitable at Augusta would do it.
“If I might ever prime Portrush? I am going to battle, but when I’ve an opportunity, will probably be round right here,” Lowry stated.
“To be the primary Irishman to ever put on the inexperienced jacket could be fairly particular. That is in all probability one of many solely issues that might prime it.
“I achieved one thing very particular final 12 months. I in all probability will not ever prime that, however whether it is, it is going to possibly be round right here. To put on a inexperienced jacket could be simply very particular.”
Whereas Lowry is not pushing himself as a favourite this week, he does warn that if he’s within the hunt on Sunday, beware.
“I am not going to speak myself up an excessive amount of. I am by no means actually one to do this,” Lowry stated.
“I simply go about my enterprise the way in which I all the time do and if I give myself an opportunity on Sunday, look, I do know I can pull one thing like this off.”
Eire’s Padraig Harrington and Northern Eire’s Rory McIlroy have gained a number of majors however by no means taken the inexperienced jacket. It is the one gap in McIlroy’s profession Grand Slam resume after a final-round meltdown in 2011 when he blew a four-stroke lead in spectacular trend.
And 1950s and 1960s Irish hero Christy O’Connor Sr. by no means performed within the Masters, leaving the inexperienced jacket dream for a later era.
“Padraig had an opportunity one 12 months and clearly Rory in 2011,” Lowry stated. “Again within the day, Christy Sr. did not come over and play as a result of it was too laborious to recover from. Perhaps he would have had a superb likelihood.
“Just one Irishman had gained a significant up till 2007, Fred Daly. So we have punched above our weight over the past 12, 13 years, however earlier than that we did not actually.
“You by no means know. Hopefully this 12 months is our time.”
Lowry has three missed cuts and a share of 39th in 2016 in his prior Masters appearances.
“I do really feel like my recreation is in a superb place coming again to Augusta,” he stated. “Clearly it is my favourite place on the earth to play golf indubitably, however it’s someplace I’ve by no means had a lot success.
“I do not assume I’ve ever shot too many nice rounds round right here. I am hoping the time of 12 months sort of modifications my luck round right here.”