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Johnson targets Solheim Cup team

Felicity Johnson
Felicity Johnson turned professional three years ago

Golfer Felicity Johnson is aiming to qualify for Europe's Solheim Cup team after winning her first tournament on the European Tour.

Johnson triumphed in the Tenerife Open last month and finished the season 13th in the European rankings.

"The aim now is to qualify for the Solheim Cup in Ireland in 2011," Johnson told BBC Midlands Today.

"If I want to do that I have got to get a few more wins under my belt and be more consistent."

The 22-year-old from Birmingham turned professional three years ago after a successful amateur career and has swiftly climbed the rankings.

"The first win is always the hardest and to do that in my third year is great. A lot of people said to me it was about time I won and it is nice that they can see my potential. Hopefully this is just the start for me."

Johnson added: "Eventually I want to play in America on the LPGA Tour where the best players are but, at the moment, the European Tour is really strong and I need to establish myself there."

Johnson is aiming for a Solheim Cup spot

"It is expensive to go to America. You have got to make sure you are ready in your golf and personally."

"I would be out there for six weeks at a time and you have to enjoy your own company. There are going to be times when you are bored and you have to learn to get through those. It is part of the job."

Johnson is coached by her father Paul at the Hagley Golf and Country Club and he also caddies for her at some tournaments.

He said: "It is great [fun] and good for business as well because everybody thinks I am some sort of great teacher. But obviously it is a lot of her own ability and hard work."

"She needs to work on her fitness a bit, go to the gym a bit more and not follow Aston Villa quite so much."

Johnson is hoping to win more tournaments next season and make a big impression at the British Open which is being held at Royal Birkdale.

"The British Open is the pinnacle of European golf. Everyone in Europe wants to win it. Next year at Birkdale is a big one for me," she added.

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