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Stephen Jones, the rugby correspondent that isn't too popular on these shores, it turns out has a wonderful turn of phrase when he wants.
With the rugby season still weeks away, attention turns to the Open Championship. Andrew 'Beef' Johnston has been the character of the tournament so far, and Jones has taken notice. In fact, some of the words used to describe Beef is absolutely brilliant.
There's so much to like about Beef. His nickname, his attitude to golf, his talent, his aggressiveness on the course, his unorthodox swing, that beard. And what a beard. It's so good, it's gets this from Jones:
His beard now appears to have grown another beard of its own. Experts on modern fashion will be able to tell you if it is on trend or a brambles-like mess. His calorie counter has blown a fuse, his swing needs to be rather unconventional and the swing plane has to describe a semi-circular motion when it reaches the area of a rather well-filled waistline.
It's almost hard to imagine Beef without a beard. Except now we don't have to:
Beef, UK's new kid on the block pic.twitter.com/IBnl2i1WVX
— Jamega Pro Golf Tour (@JamegaTour) July 17, 2016
He needs the beard. Props to the Spongebob cover.
Some of Jones' words about Beef does seem mean, not least the references to his girth:
Garcia had to give his opponent 60 pounds (his 160 to Beef’s 220). In 2015 Johnson celebrated a hole-in-one at the BMW PGA Championship with a chest bump with a nearby pal. If he’d done that with Garcia yesterday Sergio would have ended out of bounds. All of him.
But as Jones says, it's not meant to be mean. It's part of Johnston's charm:
We are not being unkind. Beef sends himself up to high heaven. He made good on a promise “to get hammered” after his first tour win in the Spanish Open. His Twitter handle is @Beefgolf. He was pictured in his build-up for the third day of a tournament in America reclining with a large hamburger lying seductively in front of him. Apparently, they were just good friends.
Beef has been a breathe of fresh air. He's extremely self deprecating, and we love him for it.
But he is good. Three rounds under par at Troon is nothing to be sniffed at. Only five players in the field have done that so far. We love you Beef:
It’s been amazing, man. I guess I am really down to earth, I am just a normal guy who plays golf.
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