Waterford's Seamus Power is going into the Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club with the intention of winning the tournament as he makes a rare return to action on Irish soil.
Power has been given a sponsor’s invitation to the tournament by Dubai Duty Free following his fine recent run of form.
The 32-year-old plays his golf in the PGA Tour and as such needed to rely on an invite for the European Tour event, and now that he has one, he’s eager to show what he can do on home soil.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Power said: "I’m absolutely over the moon, I was talking to my family just last week and a lot of good friends and family haven’t really seen me play golf since I went to college in the States.
"I’ve played two Irish Opens but none of them have been in Munster and it was back in the time where I wasn’t in a place where I felt I could really take advantage of it, so I’m just absolutely over the moon to get it.
"As a professional golfer your own expectations, your internal expectations should be at least higher than anyone else has for you, so I’m going to be preparing as if I’m going to try win the tournament, like I would any week.
"It obviously will be a little different vibe, playing in front of so many fans who would recognise you and would be pulling for you, so I’m sure that’s going to be a different experience.
"But you’ve got to go in there, especially if I continue my good form, really feeling I have a chance to win.
"Obviously you need a lot of things to go your way to win any tournament, that’s just the way golf is but I think it will be a great opportunity to play in front of friends and family but also a great opportunity to get in contention and be there on Sunday afternoon."
After a slow start to the season on the PGA Tour, Power has turned things around recently and is closing in on securing his card for next season.
Power revealed that a chance meeting with Northern Irishman Justin Parsons was the turning point for him as the elite golf coach assisted him with a few aspects of his game.
"It was a struggle early in the season and I was just trying to turn it around," Power said. "I was lucky enough I met Justin Parsons who’s from Northern Ireland.
"I ran into him at Riviera and we kind of hit it off and he was extremely helpful. I made a couple of changes but Justin was the biggest one, he just gave me a lot of clarity of what I was trying to do and all of a sudden golf didn’t seem as hard as it did for a few months."