Having finished tied for ninth at the Open in 2014, Shane Lowry has followed it up with three successive missed cuts. But the Offaly native says he is close to clicking this weekend.
Lowry admitted after the Irish Open that he struggles to enjoy his home tournament such is his want to deliver on Irish soil.
Describing it as a "pretty average week", Saturday’s round of 74 was the major blot on his copybook. Indeed it has been something of a pattern for Lowry this year and something he is aiming to rectify.
"I feel like I have been having three out of four good rounds every week for the past while," he told RTÉ Sport's Greg Allen.
"I feel like if I somehow got to Sunday morning in contention, that would help me. I need my three good rounds to be the first three rounds.
"Then maybe I could top it off with the fourth.
"I just have to keep going out there, playing as good as I can and be a bit more patient with my game."
A top 20 finish in the French Open has added to his growing belief and the 31-year-old is adamant that he will focus on his own game at the famous links course.
"I just need to play the golf course whatever way I see it and not listen to what way people are talking.
"You can get caught up in people saying you need to use the driver everywhere because the rough is not thick. I just want to play the way I want to play it.
"I’ve shot some great scores around here. Obviously the way I play the course is a decent way to play it. That’s what I am going to do it this week."
The winner of this year’s Claret Jug is going to have to contend with hard and fast conditions at the venue and club choice will be key. As far as Lowry is concerned, it isn’t going to be all about booming drives off the tee.
"I don’t think I am far away. I really don’t. I’m out here to do my best, get to know the golf course as well as I can in these conditions"
"I think people are going to have a misconception on how this golf course is going to play. I think it is going to be a lot harder than people are saying in practice because the greens are going to dry out and the golf course is like a runway out there. If you get the ball off line you are going to get yourself in trouble.
"The guys that want to hit drivers everywhere, let them off. If I am wrong, I’ll eat my words the end of the week, but you need to keep the ball in play.
"I don’t think I am far away. I really don’t. I’m out here to do my best, get to know the golf course as well as I can in these conditions."
Lowry will tee off alongside England's Tyrrell Hatton and American Patrick Cantlay at 7.41am on Thursday.