English golfer on board for Australian PGA

The Australian PGA Championship has confirmed Englishman Andrew 'Beef' Johnston is on board to make his tournament debut.

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Popular English golfer Andrew Johnston has signed on to inject a touch of colour at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.

The 29-year-old, affectionately nicknamed 'Beef', will join Australian stars Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith at Royal Pines after enjoying a consistent season of three top-10 finishes on the European Tour.

"I definitely couldn't call myself a proper Englishman if I haven't ticked the Gold Coast off my list," Johnson said before his tournament debut next month.

The 2016 Open de Espana winner came mighty close to adding a second European Tour at the Indian Open in March, losing in a playoff to countryman Matt Wallace.

PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman said the burly shot maker would certainly beef up the field.

"Beef is a sociable character with an exciting golf game which people love to watch," he said.

"I am sure that he will be a hit with the crowds and will add to the on-course action."

Johnson's Gold Coast appearance will mark the first time the bushy-bearded fan favourite has jetted in for a tournament on Australia's east coast after twice playing in Perth.

The Australian PGA Championship tees off on November 29.

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