Shane Lowry feels that his game has begun to click in the past couple of weeks as he faces into a crucial fortnight in the battle to retain his PGA Tour card for next season. 

Lowry currently sits outside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings and he needs a strong finish to the season to secure his card for 2019.

He is currently placed at 156 with two events remaining, the final major of the season, the PGA Championship and the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. 

Lowry finished 12th a the Canadian Open ten days ago and then registered a 15th place position at the Barracuda Championship in Reno. 

The latter result must come with the qualification that many of the leading players were at the WGC Invitational in Ohio but it could have been even better for Lowry had he not suffered a wobble on the front nine on Sunday. 

Heading into the PGA Championship at Bellerive, Lowry tells RTÉ Sport's Gary Moran he feels positive and primed for a good week.

"I actually don't feel under pressure. I've started to play nicely. I feel good about my game. I'm a really good place at the minute. Alan (his brother who is caddying) has been out for the last two weeks and has done a really good job. 

"Sunday wasn't ideal in Reno. But I put myself in a really good position over the last two weeks to have really good tournaments and I haven't done that all year. 

"The next two weeks are quite big. But if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. It's not the end of the world. 

"I don't know (what's been different). Maybe, I've been a little bit happier in myself. Look, my game all year has been pretty decent. It just hasn't been great. Out here, decent isn't good enough. You have to play really well every week. 

"I'm going into this week with quite a lot of confidence."

Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis plays host to its first major championship since the 1992 US PGA, won on that occasion by Nick Price. Length of the tee will be a key asset, according to Lowry.

"There's no doubt it's going to suit the longer hitters. I'm sure the likes of Dustin (Johnson) and Rory (McIlroy) are licking their lips. 

"So, you have to drive the ball long and in play. It's hard to tell what it's going to play like because it's so soft. We've had so much rain in the past 24 hours. I'm sure it's going to firm up a little bit come Friday, Saturday, Sunday."