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Andrew 'Beef' Johnston first burst onto the scene in 2015 when, after producing a hole-in-one at the BMW PGA Championship, he chest-bumped with a spectator in wild celebrations.
Later on that year, at the Scottish Open, Johnston was partnered with Miguel Angel Jimenez for the final round and, whilst playing the very last hole of the tournament, Beef would hole out from the fairway, producing a Jimenez style jig that really set him up as a fan favourite.
His results were pretty good as well, with Beef securing his first European Tour victory at 2016 Open de Espana around the iconic Valderrama. During his final round, he shot a superb one-under-par for a one stroke victory. Following his win, the 33-year-old then secured two fantastic top-10 results at the BMW PGA Championship and at the 145th Open Championship.
However, the Englishman has admittedly struggled over the last few years and has been extremely open and honest about his problems with both his weight and his mental health.
After withdrawing from the 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with injury, Beef took to Instagram the week after to post a heartfelt message. In the piece, the 33-year-old said: "I’ve been thinking about my weight a lot this last week. I think it has something to do with injuries too. I balloon in weight a lot and I’m not happy with how much I’ve put on.
"Not so much just how I look, but health and fitness wise too. I’ve debated posting this a few times and thought you know what if anyone else struggles with their weight let’s motivate each other to lose it. No ones perfect and a little teamwork won’t hurt anyone. Let me know if you’re going through a similar thing or struggling to get started and we can do it."
Now, just a month on from the post, Beef is looking in incredible shape, with the Englishman posting about taking up tennis, as well as "staying disciplined" throughout the beginning of the year.
As well as the incredible transformation, Beef's golf seems to be trending in the right direction, with six top-25 finishes in his last 10 starts showing where his game is currently at as he recovers from injury.
Throughout his recovery, Beef has had the full support of his wife, Jodie. She has also been training alongside her husband, with the Englishman posting this message to his Instagram: "Just want to say a huge shout out to @jodievalencia123. She has always trained a lot and since having our lil one it has been tough on her. Not so much how she looks but how she feels. She’s struggled to get her strength back.
"The respect I have for her and every other mum is insane. Watching her body change so much during pregnancy is the maddest thing I’ve seen. As we are on this fitness journey together, if any women and/or mums out there want to reach out to her for a chat or any motivation or whatever drop her a message. Lets all do this together! Let’s keep being positive to each other and help each other out."
As Beef continues his amazing transformation, hopefully we will see him back on the course and competing soon. He is certainly one of the game's characters and knows how to entertain the crowd with both his golf and charismatic personality.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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