After becoming an overnight sensation with American golf fans this summer, Andrew "Beef" Johnston is taking a shot at becoming a full-time PGA Tour member.
Johnston is one of the notable entries in next week's DAP Championship in Beachwood, Ohio, the first leg of the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. The series is open to PGA Tour players who finished Nos. 126-200 on the season-ending FedEx Cup points list, but Johnston is eligible since his 146 non-member points would have been enough to crack the top 200. It's the same rule that will allow Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Bryson DeChambeau to compete over the next month.
Those who finished Nos. 26-75 on the Web.com Tour money list will also participate, with 25 PGA Tour cards going to the top earners over the four events. Those who finished Nos. 1-25 on the Web.com money list have already secured PGA Tour cards for next season but will compete to improve their standing in the reshuffle.
Johnston played in the penultimate group during the final round of the Open Championship, where he finished eighth, and also drew big crowds at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. The Englishman earned his first European Tour victory at the Open de Espana in April and finished third Sunday at the Omega European Masters in his first start since the PGA Championship.
Johnston stated at Baltusrol that he planned to focus on the Race to Dubai for the balance of the year and wouldn't play again in the U.S. until 2017, but he has since changed his mind with full status on the PGA Tour up for grabs.
"Bit of an opportunity that we decided to have a crack at to try to give us as many options as possible to play the best events both in Europe and the U.S. next year," Johnston's manager, Shaun Reddin, told GolfChannel.com via e-mail.
While cards will go to the top players over four events, Johnston will hope to earn enough cash in one fewer start. According to Reddin, Johnston will play in only the first three Finals events, as he plans to skip the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship in order to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.