PGA ChampionshipAugust 10, 2017

PGA Championship 2017: Andrew (Beef) Johnston's WD puts PGA Tour status in jeopardy

PGA Championship - Round One
Ross KinnairdCHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 10: Andrew Johnston of England walks onto the 13th tee during the first round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 10, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE—A poor season got worse for Andrew (Beef) Johnston on Thursday as a shoulder injury caused the 28-year-old to withdraw in the middle of his first round at the PGA Championship. Beef carded a 78 on Thursday before withdrawing.

It has been a tough season for Beef—currently ranked 185th in the FedEx Cup standings—as a result of finishing in the top 10 only once. Beef would need a really good finish at the Wyndham Championship next week to secure a 2017-'18 card, but this injury makes that possibility look slim.

That means Johnston would need to qualify through the Web.com Tour Finals Series for a second straight year to retain his card. Not exactly the type of season most would've expected after the 28-year-old became a fan favorite at the 2016 Open Championship with an eighth-place finish. Beef had made the cut in his past five major appearances.


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