Shane Lowry says he is "excited" to make a return to tournament golf this week following his triumph at the Open Championship.

The Offaly man will tee off at the Northern Trust in New Jersey on Thursday, and after playing some golf during a recent family holiday, he says he's ready to immerse himself in competition again.

"It's been an incredible couple of weeks," he told the media ahead of the tournament.

"All of a sudden I'm back playing tournament golf but I'm looking forward to getting back.

"I do feel like I'm ready to get back playing but I'm not going to put pressure on myself. I'm a very ambitious golfer and I want to do well but no matter what happens in the next few weeks, I'm pretty happy with my season so far. 

"I just finished the Pro-Am and feel I played okay. It's my first FedEx Cup so I'm excited. I'm in a nice position going into these couple of events and hopefully I can move up the leaderboard a bit and give myself a bit of a chance."

There were amazing scenes for Lowry's homecoming in Clara last month after he became the fifth Irish player to lift the Claret Jug with a six-shot victory in Portrush.

The 32-year-old says he hopes his achievement will inspire the younger generation in Ireland.

"I feel very fortunate to have achieved something like that, I feel very lucky to have lived through something like that. It is a dream," he added.

"It's changed my life a little bit. I'm definitely more recognised now. If anything when you are like that, it makes you feel a little bit more comfortable.

"The support I've got back home has been incredible. Hopefully it's going to do a little bit for golf in Ireland and get little kids playing the game.

"It does feel like it has had that effect a little bit over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully I can move forward and be successful."