Shane Lowry admits that he is struggling to enjoy the Irish Open after what he described as a "pretty average" week at Ballyliffin.

The Offaly man closed with a final round of 70 to finish two-under-par, 12 shots behind Russell Knox and Ryan Fox, with the Scottish man emerging victorious after the play-off.

"It could have been a little bit better. I was going out there trying to make a few birdies, but I had a couple of bad errors," he told RTÉ Sport.

"It was pretty average, a bit like my week really."

The Offaly golfer hit 15 bogeys over the course of the four rounds, with six of them coming on yesterday’s round of 74.

With additional attention and exposure for them home golfers, Lowry admits it is a struggle to find his form on Irish soil.

"I’d be lying if I said it was a very enjoyable week. That’s no disrespect to anyone, it’s just a tougher week than I normally get," he said.

"It’s weird because I love playing in front of Irish people. I try my best, maybe too hard for them, myself, my family... I find it hard to find it enjoyable if you get what I mean.

"I’ll look back on it and I played some good golf this week, but I just let it get to me for nine holes yesterday and that was the big downfall on my whole week. I wish I could go back and play those again, but unfortunately I can’t."