I caught up with Andrew “Beef” Johnston (and his agent Shaun Reddin) on Saturday evening following the third round of the Scottish Open over drinks and dinner at their hotel restaurant in Ayrshire, about 15 miles down the road from Dundonald Links.
Now, this type of thing doesn’t happen every week (or ever)–it’s not exactly normal for an agent to agree to a last-minute podcast recording the night before the final round of a tournament, especially when the player is on the first page of the leaderboard! But Beef and Shaun aren’t your average tour player and agent, respectively, and that’s why we love them– they’re just ordinary blokes.
I’ve been bugging Shaun about finding a time to get Beef on the pod the past few weeks, and it hadn’t worked out for one reason or another, but Shaun kept telling me to call him and we’d figure it out. On Saturday evening, I figured I’d give him a ring and when he didn’t pick up, I left a voicemail, but I actually didn’t expect a call back almost right away. And I definitely didn’t expect Shaun to say I was welcome to join them at the hotel bar to do the podcast. Obviously, I can record them over the phone, but it’s always better in person. And let’s be real, it’s not like I had any other plans.
Naturally, when I walked into the restaurant, the first thing I saw was Beef hugging a fan and taking a picture with him. Within the first five minutes, I had already lost track of how many people had approached him. I’ve been around other top-ranked/fan-favorite players in public, but even when the guys are friendly and genuine, Beef’s interaction with fans is on another level. I mean, you’ve all seen him in interviews and on TV and/or read articles about him — he just loves life and people. I think the world would be a better place if we tried to adopt 1% of his cheery outlook/attitude.
We chatted about, well, everything and anything, including Beef’s emergence as a cult hero at last year’s Open Championship at Royal Troon (which is only a few miles from Dundonald Links), practice rounds, pairings, the European Tour vs. the PGA Tour, his season thus far, cool yet unexpected experiences in the past year, social media and music. Beef also shares several fun(ny) stories and fields some questions from Golf Twitter/Beef Nation.
Many thanks again to Beef and Shaun.
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