Evian Championship: Trish Johnson plays down major hopes

Trish Johnson
Johnson recovered from a back injury to win the Ladies Scottish Open

England's Trish Johnson is keeping her expectations in check for this week's Evian Championshipexternal-link in France.

Johnson, 48, earned her place at the final major of the year by winning her 19th Ladies European Tour victory at the Scottish Open a fortnight ago.

Laura Davies is among the other British contenders, with Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Charley Hull, Florentyna Parker, Kylie Walker and Catriona Matthew.

"You've got to be realistic in a field like this," said Johnson.

"It's nice to be playing well coming here because it's a tough venue and I haven't played well here for a while," She added.

Johnson, who became the oldest winner in the 36-year history of the LET in Aberdeen, added: "This week I think a really good week would be top 20, realistically.

"But if I played the best I could for four days and putted the best I could, I could win."

Trish Johnson
"This week I think a really good week would be top 20, realistically," says Trish Johnson

Suzann Pettersen is the defending champion in France and arrives on the back of an outstanding run of form.

The Norwegian, 33, has finished in the top seven in her last five tournaments, including a tie for second in the last major, the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

In the race for the inaugural Annika Major Award, Michelle Wie, the US Women's Open Champion, leads the way from Park Inbee (LPGA Champion) and Lexi Thompson (Kraft Nabisco Champion).

The award is for the player who has the season's best overall performance in the majors, and they must have won one of the five. British Women's Open Champion Mo Martin is missing from Evian due to a thumb injury.

"As soon as I heard about the award it was one of my biggest goals," said Wie, who was runner-up to Thompson in the Kraft Nabisco. "It's definitely something I really want to win."

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