Andrew “Beef” Johnston is an up and coming English player with a knockabout style and a sense of humour that has endeared him to fans and his fellow Pros.
- Nickname: Beef
- DOB: 18 Feb 1989
- Career Earnings: $2,377,975
- Ranking: 85
- GIR: 66.7%
- Driving Accuracy: 51.8%
- Driving Distance: 296.56 yards
“Beef” was born to a working class family; his dad was a bus driver and his mum a school dinner lady. He developed a love for the game when his dad would take him and his brother to the local pitch and putt course, aged four. Later he joined the North Middlesex Golf Club and at age 14 he made it into their Junior Squad. Beefy was playing off scratch by the time he turned 16.
Sorry ladies, he’s taken…
The man is off the market and has been with his girlfriend Louise Jay for several years. When asked about Beef’s epic face pubes she replies “It’s very scratchy at times, I wish he would trim it more often.”
A lad at heart
When he won the Spanish Open in 2016 he said in his acceptance speech “I can’t wait to get home and get hammered with my mates!” Being a man of his word, that’s exactly what he did! It’s not every day you win one of the premier events on the European Tour!
With his refreshing honesty and a big grin this legend has reached “cult” status amongst fans. He has recently picked up major sponsorship deals with Titleist and Arby’s (a major chain of meat style sandwich shops in the UK) With a nickname like “Beef” it was meant to beef. The Arby’s sponsorship deal is rumoured to be six figures!
That nickname tho…
You’d think Beef got his nickname because of a love of smashing back burgers and other cuts of cow but that’s not the case… Here’s his explanation:
“Oh, man, it’s a bad story. Just when I was a kid, if I’d grow my hair out, I’m quarter Jamaican so it goes curly,” Johnston explained earlier in the week. “So one of my friends said, ‘Look at your head, it looks like a big bit of beef. You’ve got a beef head.’ And honestly it just stuck. Now everyone calls me Beef.”
A star on the rise
Johnston had a successful amateur career representing Great Britain & Ireland in the Jaques Leglise Trophy. He spent 2010 playing on the Jamega & EuroPro Tours with invitations to the Challenge Tour. He had a runner-up finish in the Russian Challenge Cup and finished tied for third in the Grand Final. This was enough for him to qualify for a spot on the European Tour in 2012. He failed to retain his Tour membership with no top 10 finishes.
In 2013 Johnston was back on the Challenge Tour but again failed to qualify for the European Tour. In 2014 he had success on the Challenge Tour winning the Scottish Hydro Challenge and the Le Vaudreuil Challenge. “Beef” finished first on the Order of Merit and regained a place on the European Tour.
2015 saw him have a 3rd place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and a 10th place at the Turkish Open which was enough to retain his Tour membership.
2016 was a better year with a 4th place at the Qatar Masters and a win in the Spanish Open. He also tied 7th at the BMW PGA Championship and 8th at The Open. In September 2016 Johnston entered the Web.com Tour finals where he had a 4th at the Boise Open and finally gained his 2017 PGA Tour card.
Watch out for this bearded larrikin because we predict another win is just around the corner, and this time on the biggest stage of all!