Beef secures PGA Tour card
Andrew 'Beef' Johnston will be a PGA Tour card holder for the 2016/2017 season after finishing fourth at the Albertsons Boise Open.
Sunday marked National Cheeseburger Day in the USA. It was only fitting for a guy named 'Beef' to lock up his Tour card on such an occasion.
Johnston needed to finish among the top-25 money makers on the Web.com Tour to claim a card for next season. With two events now remaining on the Web.com schedule, Johnston is assured of his place on the world's richest Tour.
His fourth place finish netted him $48,000 to boost his total earnings on the Web.com to $54,910, putting him comfortably inside the top 25.
Johnston was in contention to win the event after carding opening rounds of 66 and 63. Only really competing to secure playing honours, Johnston knew what he needed to do and played conservatively in the final rounds, shooting 70 and 68. Job done.
Speaking after, Johnston could hardly hide his delight.
"Man, I can't wait! Happy days. I came over and had a couple good weeks, so I'm really looking forward to it," Johnston said.
"I think it’s going to be a good schedule, man. I can't wait.
"I have expectations for myself to go out and compete and do well and that, but you've got to put the work in and prepare well for it, and that’s the first step before I go out and play in any event."
As for his celebrations, the soon-to-be Tour member joked about taking it easy in light of the comments he made about getting "hammered" after he won his first European Tour event in Spain earlier in the year: "A few sodas! Yeah, I think there will be a Coke or a Fanta or something like that. Nah, there are going to be a few beers, man."
Johnston is exempt on the European Tour through 2018 and will now have to balance life in both Europe and America next season.
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