Coming to a PGA Tour near you: Beef.
Andrew Johnston, the 27-year-old jovial Englishman with the unplayable-lie beard, the unflappable demeanor and – oh, yes, a pretty decent game – will have a PGA Tour card for next season.
Johnston closed with a 68 on Sunday – appropriately, National Cheeseburger Day – in the Albertsons Boise Open, good for a fourth-place finish and sufficient earnings in the Web.com Tour Finals to secure his card. He made $48,000 for his Boise finish, and earned $6,910 in the first Finals event for a total of $54,910. The top 25 money-earners in the Finals get PGA Tour cards; in the last three years, No. 25 has earned between $32,000 and $37,000.
Asked immediately after his round what he planned to do to celebrate, he jokingly replied "A few sodas. I think maybe a Coke and Fanta, something like that," before allowing that beer was actually going to be his beverage of choice.
What else would you expect from someone who famously said "I can't wait to get hammered" after he won the Spanish Open, his first European Tour victory. He followed that with a top-10 finish in the BMW PGA Championship, then qualified for the U.S. Open. At Oakmont, he won over local fans by wearing Pittsburgh Pirates gear. Shortly afterward, at Royal Troon, he finished eigth in The Open.
And now he'll be a regular in U.S. events.
"Very happy to come over [to the U.S.] and get what I was trying to do," he said. "I tried my best and that's what I did, man."