Shane Lowry says he cannot wait to return to golf’s happiest place in the form of Augusta in April but claims he is taking a laid back approach to this year’s Masters (Lowry 100/1 Masters outright).

The Irishman will be making his third appearance at the Georgia major this year having finished tied for 39th in 2016 and admits he is chomping at the bit to challenge for the Green Jacket again.

However, the 29-year-old has played down the significance of the majors, claiming his aim for the year is to play consistent golf week in, week out.

The three-time European Tour winner believes expectations for Irish golfers at major events have been raised to unrealistic levels in recent years due to the success of his compatriots and is eager to avoid putting too much pressure upon himself.

Rory McIlroy has lead the way for Ireland in recent years with four major wins and is 10/1 to emerge victorious at the Masters this year, while Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke have also flown the flag for the Emerald Isle at the big events.

Lowry says it would be nice to include himself in that group of Irish major winners but claims he is not putting too much focus upon the big four tournaments.

He told RTE Sport: “Everyone just talks about Majors, people are obsessed with them.

“Now, obviously you want to win Majors – but, I think people in Ireland have just been spoiled with Majors over the last 10 years and that’s why Irish people are obsessed with them.

“I’ve tried to take my focus a little bit off the Majors this year. Taking each day and each week as it comes and trying to just focus on what’s ahead of me.

“When the Masters comes around (6-9 April), I’ll obviously be trying to play as well as I can – but that’s the way I am every week.”

Lowry came close to landing his first major at the US Open at Oakmont last year when he finished runner-up, while he also has two 10-top finishes on his major record.

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