Just a few months ago many followers of professional golf knew very little of Andrew Johnston. It all started with a win in April on the European Tour at the Spanish Open and a post-round interview that had Mr. Johnston quoted as saying - that he was going to "get hammered" to celebrate his victory.
Then "Beef" Johnston on the strength of that victory and with added confidence came to the U.S.A. by storm. With four starts in North America he played pretty darn good for an Englishman no one had heard of before. As well as a 8th place at the Open Championship at Royal Troon. "Beef" Johnston was making a name for himself both on and off the golf course. People were loving his honesty and regular guy attitude.
Not only were followers of golf taking notice of "Beef" but golf advertising agencies were chomping at the bit to get their hands on this guy that people radiated to both golfers and non-golfers alike. Golfers want to play a round with him and others just want to sit down with him and have a pint.
Andrew "Beef" Johnston has almost 70,000 followers on Twitter.
Well, the Web.com Tour Finals started this weekend with the DAP Championship being the first event in a four-tournament series. The Tour Finals offer up 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2016-17 season. "Beef" Johnston played and had a respectable T28. Johnston is eligible for the entire series as he earned enough points in his four PGA Tour starts in 2015-16 to have placed between 126th and 200th in the FedEx Cup points list if he had been a member. So I'm assuming he'll play the remaining 3 events in trying to pursue his PGA Tour card.
Johnston can always fall back on his European Tour membership , but if he can gain PGA Tour access via the Web.com Tour Finals, we can only surmise he'll jump at the chance to play full time on the big stage. So we'll be following "Beef" in his attempt to earn his card.
What would a full year in the U.S. bring? In just a short time this year he smashed a burger with his driver, got an endorsement from Arby's, gave us numerous looks through social media into his life. We’re already salivating at the possibilities. I'm pretty sure a LA ad agency would jump at the chance to represent "Beef" Johnston if he gets his PGA Tour card. We can only hope for the sake of golf because more Beef Golf is good for the game.