“Beef” Johnston Qualifies For U.S. Open at Sectional in England

A 36-hole Sectional Qualifier was held on Monday in Surrey, England, to determine a whopping 15 spots for next month’s U.S. Open. The qualifiers got themselves one step closer to realizing a major dream, but the real winner of the qualifier may have been the fans.

That is because Andrew “Beef” Johnston, a media dream and one of the most popular players in the world, was among those who punched their tickets to Erin Hills.


  • 111 U.S. Open hopefuls played in Monday’s sectional qualifier. 11 spots were won outright, with the final four being awarded in a playoff.
  • The low score at the sectional qualifier belonged to England’s Aaron Rai, who posted 66-64 (-14). Rai, who has been having an excellent season on Europe’s Challenge Tour.
  • Andrew “Beef” Johnston, one of the most popular and most likeable figures in golf, was among those who made the U.S. Open field via the sectional qualifier.
  • Johnston called it a “great day” after carding three eagles over the 36-holes, shooting 68-66.
  • Johnston finsihed T54 in last year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont.
  • Other notables to qualify in Surrey include Richie Ramsay, Bradley Dredge, George Coetzee, Paul Dunne, and Thomas Aiken.
  • Notables who competed, but did not capture a U.S. Open spot include Nicolas Colsaerts, Mikko Ilonen, Gregory Havret, Marcel Siem, Scott Hend, Robert Rock, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Robert Karlson, Matteo Manassero, and Y.E. Yang
  • The 2017 U.S. Open will be played June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

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