The roar could be heard for hundreds of yards on the grounds at Royal Troon in Scotland. When Andrew Johnston holed a birdie putt on the first green of the British Open on Sunday, the gallery was stirred into a frenzy.
“Beef” was off to a roaring start, and there was a glimmer of hope that he might be the Open’s next Champion Golfer of the Year.
It wasn’t to be, as Johnston struggled in shooting a 2-over-par 73 that dropped him into solo eighth place with a 3-under total.
Still, in the last 200 yards of his walk up the 18th, Johnston heard a rousing ovation and the chants of “Beef! Beef! Beef!” He took off his hat and raised his arms...