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Why Is Andrew Johnston Nicknamed Beef? The Reason Is Highly Entertaining

Why Is Andrew Johnston Nicknamed Beef? The Reason Is Highly Entertaining
By Gavin Cooney Updated

If you've been watching the golfers you backed flop at The Open today, you will have come across the endearing chuckles of the Sky commentary team about a man with an odd nickname and ask, why is Andrew Johnston nicknamed Beef?

Johnston finds himself in third place at Royal Troon, with Butch Harmon referring to him as a kind of loveable rogue, like the golfer Dennis the Menace would be if he got off the mean streets of The Beano to lower his handicap.

There's a lot of love for Johnston with golfing fans showing their absolute desperation to find a character and cling to him, so attuned are they with watching automatons like Jordan Spieth. Being a golfer with a bit of character is a bit like being a priest willing to crack a gag during a homily: the audience expect so little from you, the mere attempt to be different and stand out will find you a place in a multitude of hearts.

The first question you are likely asking yourself is: why is Andrew Johnston nicknamed Beef?


His appeal extends beyond his nickname, however.

For example, have a look at this interview he gave after winning the Spanish Open in February:

He was in good form at Royal Troon, also:



Also, have a look at this celebration having hit a hole in one at the same tournament:


His twitter account is worth a follow: he currently has a disgracefully low 14,500 followers. On there, you will find a willingness to retweet dodgy photoshop efforts founded on a solid pun:


He also replies to virtually everyone, and he also produces some top quality #content:

Where's the beef?

In the penultimate pairing on the final day of The Open, that's where.

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