Andrew "Beef" Johnston has taken the golf world by storm over the last month. He finished top 10 at The Open Championship and flirted with contention at the PGA Championship. In between those tournaments, Johnston got a sponsorship from Arby's because, you know, they have the meats.
Now, PETA is upset with Johnston for something he didn't do. Here is a statement they released recently trying to persuade Johnston to change his nickname.
"Like many others, we've been enthusiastically following your career, and we thought we'd send you a gift of delicious vegan steaks and burgers in the hope that you'll consider adopting a kinder, healthier vegan lifestyle, which would pave the way for a new nickname: Andrew 'Tofu' Johnston."
Johnston declined the change in a tweet.
😂😂😂. It's my name basically so won't change https://t.co/JlatdyrELX— Andrew'BEEF'Johnston (@BeefGolf) August 2, 2016
The nickname came about when Johnston was a teenager, and it's what most folks chant at tournaments these days.
Ironically enough, the Beef nickname has nothing to do with eating. When he was growing up, one of his friends noted that his bushy mane of hair resembled a slab of meat, and he started calling him "beef head." The nickname stuck, and now it's permanently emblazoned on Johnston's left shoulder - the product of a few too many pints one night as a 16-year-old.
And apropos of nothing other than the fact that I can't get enough Beef, here he is jumping off a diving board as the European Tour laments the lack of ProTracer on his move.