He had chances to finish further up the leaderboard at the US PGA, but Shane Lowry certainly feels he's in a better place after finishing joint 12th at the year's final major.

Three weeks ago at the Open in Carnoustie, Lowry spoke about not enjoying golf when saying that "my golf is not really enjoying me".  

However, decent finishes at the Canadian Open and the Barracuda Open prior to his showing at the Bellerive Country Club has the Offaly native in better spirits.

"When you're back competing at this level there is no better place in the world," he told RTÉ Sport.

"You have doubts in your own head and people start doubting you. It's a lonely game and a tough place when you're not playing well but I feel like I’m back to myself now."

Lowry carded a final round of 70 at the Bellerive, a score that could have been better only for two late bogeys. That said, the Offalyman was glad to be in the mix and added: "It was great fun out there.

"It's been a great week. To be involved again on major Sunday is what it's all about. It would have been nicer if I had parred the last two or made a birdie.

"I’m right back to where I feel I should be."

Of course Lowry recently parted company with his long-term caddie Dermot Byrne. His brother Alan has been on the bag for the last three tournaments, but will not be taking on the position full time.

"Alan will be on the bag next week. If I make the FedEx I will have to get someone for that. If I don't make it I'll have five or six weeks off I'll weigh up my options.

"It's tough; it's like trying to find a girlfriend or a wife. You have to try and find someone you get on with."