Charismatic Englishman Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston is headed to Lake Karrinyup Country Club for the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth following Tyrrell Hatton’s withdrawal to injury.
Playing in Malaysia this weekend, Beef will jet to Perth Sunday night and is sure to be a hit with crowds with his fun loving and laidback personality.
“I love it in Perth, I’ve been there twice before and always had a good time,” said Johnston. “I really like the place, I love the beaches there and the people so it’s always a good spot to go to.”
An exciting player by nature, Johnston said he expects some aggressive play over the first three rounds to qualify inside the top-24 come Sunday.
“You’ve got to play well in the first 54 holes, I think you’ve got to play aggressive and if you can get in to the match play anything can happen so it’s completely different but I think it’ll be good fun.”
In 2016, Beef teed it up in Perth but flew under the radar. Since then he has won on the European Tour, gained a US PGA Tour card and become a cult favourite amongst golf fans. His exciting brand of golf, mixed with his crowd interaction makes him the perfect player to embrace the fast stroke play/match play hybrid ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
“Australia loves a larrikin, we love to embrace personalities that are talented, fun and that embrace the Aussie way of life. When you think of pro golfers who fit that mould, one player immediately comes to mind; Beef Johnston,” said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia which owns the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“We are very excited that Beef will be joining us at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth. With this tournament we aim to attract high calibre players who will also embrace the innovative format; we believe Beef is the perfect fit for the tournament.”
Hatton was looking forward to making his first trip to Australia but on recommendation from the European Tour’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Murray, Hatton sadly has taken the advice to rest his wrist and withdraw from the event.
“I am absolutely gutted that I can’t play in Perth at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, a fantastic, innovative and fun event in a great part of the world in Western Australia,” said Hatton. “I wish everyone a fantastic week and hope it’s a great success like last year.”
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth offers an incredible line-up of talented players including recent addition Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, former World Number 1 Lee Westwood, 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, defending champion Brett Rumford, top-100 players Wade Ormsby, Seung-Su Han, Yusaku Miyazato, Satoshi Kodaira, Thorbjørn Olesen and Hideto Tanihara as well as New Zealand’s highest ranked player Ryan Fox.
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will once again be live on Fox Sports from 8-11 February, check local guides for details. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.com.au.