In his debut guest column, professional golfer Andrew 'Beef' Johnston discusses the impact of his long-term hand injury, his fear for his career, and his renewed approach as he prepares to return to the DP World Tour in November.
With honesty and insight, Beef shares how his injury kept him away from the game for much of the last two years and the challenges he faced as a result.
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The charismatic athlete also discusses the significant role his Beef's Golf Club co-host, John Robins, played in keeping him motivated during his recovery.
Beef reflects on the importance of putting his goals first and surrounds himself with a supportive team as he gears up to compete once more. With the Ryder Cup and PGA Tour firmly in his sights, Beef is ready to let his game do the talking and is confident that his renewed approach will allow him to achieve his ambitions.
"When John Robins beat me in a match on his YouTube channel last year, he and TG’s digital editor Rob Jerram joked that I’d have to take over his ‘Diary of a Bad Golfer’. So, here I am, writing John’s column while he enjoys life as a Tour star.
No, the DP World Tour hasn’t gone mad and given him my card. John’s touring Britain with ‘Howl’, his stand-up comedy show, and I’m stepping in for my Beef’s Golf Club co-host for a few issues.
Unfortunately for John, his comedy commitments meant he missed out on a trip to Rome with me and our podcast team. I hope his crowds are as big and loud as those I witnessed at my first Ryder Cup! Wow, what an event. Injury has kept me away from the game for much of the last two years and nothing has provided me with as much motivation to get back and be better than ever than the week at Marco Simone.
It blew my mind and I’m going to give it everything to ensure I’m part of the next European team. But first I need to get back to competing which, thankfully, is on the horizon. After trying every form of treatment under the sun, surgery appears to have fixed my hand injury.
I’m back practicing and playing and plan to tee it up in the Joburg Open in South Africa at the start of the new DP World Tour season (November 23). Long-term injury is tough. There are times when you don’t know if you’re ever going to play again.
Times when you don’t even know if you’re a golfer, to be honest. I’ve been sitting at home thinking, ‘Am I ever going to play a tournament again?’ Broadcasting and podcasting at both The Open and Ryder Cup this year has been amazing for me, mentally.
Getting into that tournament environment has helped me remember who I am and has provided me with massive motivation. And the fans have been amazing, of course.