We had the opportunity again (click here for the first interview) to ask Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston some questions. So we did, on golf, watches, and hip hop.
English professional golf player and soon-to-be father Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston was in The Netherlands for an event, and we could ask him some questions. Johnston, who has been nicknamed ‘Beef’ since his youth (and decided to keep it) plays golf since age 4 (he was born in 1989) and becomes a professional golf player in 2009.
Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston is an ambassador for Audemars Piguet, and you can find him wearing a Royal Oak before and after the game. With Matt Wallace, Jiménez, and a long list of other golf pros, Johnston is in good company. Audemars Piguet has a long-standing history with golf and ambassadors (remember Nick Faldo and the special watch series they did with him?), and we had the chance to ask Johnston, who’s an ambassador for about three years now, some questions.
Since my own golf game isn’t noteworthy (although I do enjoy playing), don’t expect to find any in-depth golf-related questions.
Fratello: Can you describe what your day looks like before an important game?
Johnston: Well depends if it a morning tee time or afternoon. But I will have a stretch and get my body moving for 30 mins. Just get the heart rate up a little bit. Followed by tea or coffee. If I have afternoon, I’ll just chill out for a bit.
F: You’ve been playing golf for quite a few years now. Are you still living the dream?
J: Yeah, of course. We are so lucky to able to play golf. It can be hard as any job at times, but I love competing so much. Even if I’m playing cards with my fiancé, I want to win. [laughs]
F: How do you unwind afterward?
J: I’ll get back to the hotel and watch tv series. The Wire is a must-see. Also Stranger Things I have loved. Playing games card games or board games with Jodie. Or a swim or something just anything away from golf-related stuff. I think it’s important. I love my clothes too. My jeans and tees, so if we’re in a city or town go and find a good coffee and check the shops out. As well as food. So I have a lot to of things to unwind.
F: Can you share how the Audemars Piguet collaboration came to life?
J: It was 2016, and I was playing the last stretch of events and had an email from Audemars Piguet asking if I want to be a part of their golf day in Dubai. I didn’t have to think long it was a straight yes. And I had fun doing the day, and everyone was so nice. I’d never been apart of such a relaxed fun day. They really know how to put an event on.
F: What’s your favorite Audemars Piguet watch from the collection?
J: Oooh, tough one. My gold Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is my fave one. But I have one other on my mind, and that is the Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Open Worked. So that’s a goal of mine to own that one too.
F: You’re active on Instagram and have quite some followers. What are your favorite Instagram accounts?
J: There’s a couple I like. I love animals. Animals doing things. Erm lad bible and sport bible. Vice too, they have all random news bits to read.
F: Old school hip hop or today’s tracks?
J: Old school by a mile. I find hip hop has been washed into mainstream music and a lot of it I’m not keen on. But there still some great artists about like Evidence, Pharoahe Monch, etc. but it is just harder to find them.
F: Did you already did some reading into fatherhood?
J: I haven’t yet, but I’ve got some books to read coming up to pregnancy. I have had a look online to and trying to learn a bit as I go along. Not like I did at school and studying the night before [laughs].
F: Thank you for your time!
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