Andrew Johnston has spoken of his desire to successfully defend his Spanish Open title.

Champion in 2016, the tournament was missing from the tour schedule last year, but will once again welcome the best of the European Tour in 2018.

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‘Beef”s win two years ago at the Real Club Valderrama stands as his only European Tour championship, and he believes he has every chance of claiming the trophy again this year.

2017 was a challenging year for the 29-year-old, and he assures lessons from it have been learned:

Playing America (the PGA Tour), coming back, the travelling was too difficult,

You either have to play one side or the other. I said this year I am going to concentrate on Europe.

He concedes, however, the temptation to head stateside was still present:

I nearly played a couple in America in the time I have just had off. But I thought you know what, I am just going to practice, go to the gym, relax. Because I’ve got Madrid, then Morocco, and Wentworth and it’s going to get really busy.

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Feeling reasonably good about his season so far, the imposing Johnston sits 32nd on the European Tour. Despite the healthy ranking, he knows he can do better:

I played lovely in Abu Dhabi, but didn’t have the best Sunday. I played lovely in Oman, and I was asking myself, why am I not playing as well as I know I can on a Sunday? I kept telling myself, keep going, keep putting yourself up there. It was just a sense of building up your confidence every week.