SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Beef Mania has likely made its last domestic stop of the year.
Andrew “Beef” Johnston capped his week at the PGA Championship with a 1-over 71 in the final round at Baltusrol Golf Club, finishing at 1-over 281 for the tournament.
He drew huge galleries and and shouts of "Beeeeef!" seemingly everywhere he went, and after he putted out on the 72nd hole, he rewarded a couple of lucky supporters by tossing his glove and hat into the grandstands.
The PGA Championship marked the end of a run of six events in seven weeks for Johnston, that stretch including three separate trips to the U.S. for tournaments.
Now Johnston plans to head home.
“It was a great week, just ran out of gas a bit,” Johnston said. “I’ll take a break now, try and re-focus and get ready for the next stretch.”
Johnston received sponsor invitations to the John Deere Classic and Wyndham Championship next month, but he has opted to turn them both down in order to focus on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings, where he entered the week at No. 18.Johnston spoke Wednesday of hopes of making a late run for a spot on the European Ryder Cup team, but after finishing outside the top 50 at Baltusrol he believes that window has closed.
“Probably not in the cards,” he said. “Just a bit of a frustrating week with the putter, really. I felt like I couldn’t hole any putts.”
Johnston’s next competitive start is expected to be the Omega European Masters in Switzerland in early September, meaning that his next appearance in the U.S. would likely come in early 2017. But he still leaves the year’s final major having spent much of the week rivaling the fan support of big names like Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson.
“The fans here have been incredible. Just picking you up with the positive comments, saying, ‘You can do it,’ and all that,” Johnston said. “It’s been great. They were brilliant all week.