(TENERIFE, Sunday 27th September 2009) — England’s Felicity Johnson became a first-time winner on the Ladies European Tour when she recorded a two shot victory at the Tenerife Ladies Open.
Birdies on the final two holes elevated the Birmingham 22-year-old to the top of the leader board at Costa Adeje.
The third year tour pro fired a stunning final round of five-under 67 to end up with a four round total of 274, 14-under-par.
Becky Brewerton of Wales, who led by three at halfway and with a round to go, shot 72 and took outright second. She was shocked after missing birdie putts on the final two holes.
Johnson started the day at nine-under, three shots behind Brewerton, but birdied the second when she struck a wedge to 12 feet, before Brewerton bogeyed the third, narrowing her lead to a stroke.
Having birdied the par-five eighth, Johnson was one behind at the turn on 11-under. After she and Brewerton both birdied the par-four 12th hole, Johnson caught the leader with a two-putt birdie at the par-five 13th hole.
Johnson dropped a shot at the par-three 14th when she hit a poor tee shot short of the green, but immediately recovered with a birdie at the 15th after her second shot hit the flag.
Both players bogeyed the 16th but Brewerton missed her chance at the 17th after Johnson holed from 25 feet to go one ahead for the first time.
Then, Johnson struck a magnificent rescue iron to six feet at the par-five 18th, setting up a tap-in birdie and saving her best for last. A final round of 67 was enough for a four round aggregate of 274, 14-under-par.
“It’s all a bit surreal at the moment really but I’ve worked so hard for this so it’s just fantastic that it’s finally come together for me,” said Johnson, who earned €45,000, moving up from 42nd to 14th on the Henderson Money List.
“I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens and made a couple of good up and downs early on which kept the pars on the card.
“I just hit one bad shot o 14 and made a bogey there but apart from that I played really solid golf again.
“I hit a really good shot into 15 which hit the flag, so that was pleasing. I holed a really good putt on 17 from 25 foot or so which gave me the boost I needed at the last.”
Johnson had recorded two top-10s on the LET circuit this year, with her season-best a tie for third at the SAS Ladies Masters in Norway.
“I led after the first round in Gothenburg last year and I’ve finished third four times so it was a matter of putting the icing on the cake really.”
Johnson said she would celebrate with a night out go-carting and would take a day off on Monday in Tenerife.
She thanked her Australian caddie Steve Walsh, but her father Paul Johnson, who is also her coach, will take over caddie duties for next week’s Madrid Ladies Masters, where Brewerton, the 26-year-old Open de Espana Femenino winner, will have another chance to complete a Spanish double.
Germany’s Bettina Hauert finished third and equalled her season-best finish after a final round of 72.
England’s Melissa Reid shot 67 and shared fourth with Spain’s Tania Eloegui (73) at six-under-par.
Germany’s Anja Monke (71), the first round leader, shared sixth with Laura Davies (69) at four-under-par, the Englishwoman having scraped through the cut at halfway.