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Andrew "Beef" Johnston turned down a practice round with Rickie Fowler because it was too early

July 06, 2016

The more golf fans learn about Andrew "Beef" Johnston, the more they seem to love him. And this story about his need to sleep in shouldn't hurt his popularity.

Johnston told a bunch of fun tales to Golf Channel's Will Gray -- over a steak dinner, of course -- but one involving Rickie Fowler stood out. Apparently, Fowler sent Johnston a congratulatory note after he won the Spanish Open (You know, when he famously said, "I can't wait to get hammered.") and the two tentatively planned to play a practice round together at the U.S. Open. Then Johnston found out that Fowler wanted to tee off at Oakmont early, which caused Beef to back out.

“I’m like, what’s wrong with you, man? Playing at that time in the morning?” said Johnston, who by the way, shouldn't have had too much trouble waking up early due to the time difference between the U.S. and his native England. “So we just keep missing each other, off and on. Maybe we can play together at The Open.”

So what was "that time" that Beef found so outrageous? 8:30.