Shane Lowry has just the game to triumph at next week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm Castle, according to an Ulsterman who has the same coach as the man who made history by winning the Open at Royal Portrush.
John-Ross Galbraith, who finished best of the Irish at the recent Northern Ireland Open at the Ballymena venue is, like the Offaly man, coached by Neil Manchip and knows Lowry's abilities inside out.
"Shane playing at the Irish Open is massive. Fair play to him coming back from the States after the US Open to play," said Galbraith.
"The course will be slightly longer for the Irish Open than the NI Open. The rough is difficult. Hopefully there will be a bit of wind to add to the drama.
"It will suit Shane as he drives the ball very straight. I fancy his chances."
Open champion Lowry, who famously won the Irish Open as an amateur back in 2009, will be playing his first tournament on home soil since his historic success at Royal Portrush 14 months ago. The 2020 Open was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The Irish Open, too, has been hit by the Covid crisis. Originally scheduled for Mount Juliet in Kilkenny in May, playing the €1.25m behind-closed-doors tournament at Galgorm will enable competitors to travel straight from the US Open at Winged Foot without having to quarantine.
The Irish Open is now being played in the slot initially set aside for the Ryder Cup, which has been put back until next year.
Galbraith blasted into contention in the behind-closed-doors NI Open at Galgorm with a brilliant third round 66 but American Tyler Koivisto pulled away to secure victory in the Challenge Tour tournament.
And Galbraith, who played in the Irish Open at the K Club in 2016 as an amateur when Rory McIlroy triumphed, said: "It was great to get the opportunity to play at home and overall it was a really good week. It's not often you get a chance to play in a tournament and stay in your own bed! It's about the fifth time I have played in the NI Open and it was my best performance."
Galbraith opened with a pair of 70s before that excellent four-under 66 on the Saturday, concluding his campaign with another 70 to finish in the top 20.
"The 66 moved me well up the leaderboard and I was in a good position going into the final day. If I could have got off to a good start on the Sunday, who knows where it would have taken me," said the 26-year-old.
"It's a tournament I love playing in because it always has a real buzz about it in normal circumstances when crowds are allowed in.
"I would always have good support because my club, Whitehead, isn't too far away so family and friends would travel up.
"Obviously it wasn't quite the same this time around but it's still always a great course to play and still had the feel of a big tournament about it.
"It was my first proper tournament since lockdown so it was fantastic to get back competing again. All I had played in before that were a few one-day events around the country. That was my only competitive golf," said Galbraith, who won the O'Connor Classic in Portugal just before lockdown.
"I was in Portugal when lockdown came into force. I had won there and was hoping to build a bit of momentum but had to come home," he said. "Actual competition was the thing I missed most during lockdown.
"I really got into running and cycling during lockdown so feel I came back a lot fitter. I just tried to be as productive as possible with my time. Since turning professional three years ago, I have really paid attention to the fitness side of things and lockdown gave me an even greater opportunity to do that.
"I have definitely seen improvements in my game because I am fitter - my swing is better, I am hitting the ball longer and being fitter benefits your mental state.
"I was supposed to play the EuroPro Tour season but the schedule is now totally up in the air. I will just keep working on things and try to improve my all-round game."
Galbraith will, though, go to golf's notoriously tough Qualifying School, where hundreds of players battle it out for a dream ticket to the European Tour.
"Q-School isn't a place any golfer really wants to be but it offers a route straight to the main Tour. It usually starts around now but it has been pushed back because of Covid," he said.
"My ultimate aim is to compete on the main Tours and at Majors," added Galbraith, who had a glittering amateur career, travelling the world with an Ireland side - Paul Dunne and Cormac Sharvin were among his team-mates - that also won the Home Internationals a record four years in a row, while the Carrickfergus man's individual honours included the North of Ireland and Irish Amateur Close championships.
"We had a great junior section at Whitehead. It was the perfect place to learn your golf.
"Royal Portrush is my favourite golf course in the world. I won the North of Ireland there in 2015 so it holds good memories for me. It would be an absolute dream come true for me to play in an Open Championship there. It is such a unique place, really different to other links courses. The views are spectacular."
And Galbraith is upbeat about his chances of making dreams become reality.
"There's no doubt it is a difficult time to be making your way in the professional game. The standard is incredibly high and the pandemic means tournaments are being cancelled so there are less opportunities. You need to consistently produce great golf to win tournaments," he said.
"But if you have belief and keep working hard, you can still achieve your dreams. I just focus on my own game and if you do that, I believe you can go all the way.
"Tiger Woods was my inspiration when I was growing up. He just kept on winning tournaments and some of his shots were incredible, bending the ball round trees and other magical stuff. As a kid, you just wanted to play the way he did. I don't usually get emotional watching sport but it was truly emotional when Tiger won the Masters last year. Shane winning at Royal Portrush tugged at the heartstrings, too."
And John-Ross Galbraith is certain his own days in the sun will come.