'I Would Have To Seriously Think About It' - Beef On LIV Golf

Speaking on the Stirks and Radar podcast, Beef revealed that he would have to seriously think about an offer from LIV Golf

Beef hits his tee shot with a driver
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Andrew 'Beef' Johnston, who has been out of action since the beginning of the year with a thumb injury, recently revealed to the Stirkers and Radar Podcast that he can understand why players are moving to the Saudi-backed series in search for money.

Speaking on the podcast, Beef, who continues to recover from injury, stated: "From my perspective, I've got an injury now and I've been out for a year. If you get offered £10m, how do you turn that down? I would have to seriously think about it because that changes my life and sets me up for the future."

Johnston hits a driver off the tee

Johnston's last appearance came at the Portugal Masters in November 2021

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Many players and figures within golf have given their thoughts on LIV Golf and specifically the way the series is backed by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. Beef, who has one European Tour title to his name, claims that: "It comes down to your values and why you're playing golf. You'd have to seriously consider it [but] I'm not saying I would go.

"In other worlds, how would you feel if someone came along and offered you X amount to do the same job. You'd have to consider it, right? Financially it's great, but that's the only reason you're going. When it comes down to your values and why you play golf, that's where it gets very difficult for someone like me, because you go, 'Hang on, I'll never play another Major again'. 

"If you can't play the Majors and the big tournaments with all the history, people are going to miss that. That's another question that goes through your head. The experiences that I've had at some of the Majors have been amazing. When you go and tee up at The Open or in the US, they are incredible and are memories that last forever.

"If I'm fit and healthy for the next 10 years, I'd be playing Majors, Ryder Cups hopefully, because you cannot buy that experience."

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When it comes to how much the LIV Golfers are being paid there are some eye-watering numbers. Reportedly, Phil Mickelson has been given $200 million to feature, with the extortionate amount making him the highest paid athlete in 2022.

Along with Mickelson, the duo of Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau have been given offers that are north of $100 million, with Greg Norman recently revealing that Tiger Woods turned down an offer somewhere in the region of $700m-$800m to join LIV Golf.

Matt Cradock
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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

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