Beef ready to take on Hero Chal­lenge

John­ston added to eight-man line-up

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One of the most charis­matic play­ers on the Euro­pean Tour has joined the line-up for the in­au­gu­ral Hero Chal­lenge, which will take place on Tues­day at The Grove.

Held just two days be­fore the Bri­tish Masters, the new one-hole knock­out match play con­test will take place on a spe­cially con­structed par three on The Grove’s 18th hole.

Tak­ing place un­der flood­lights and with the win­ner be­ing de­cided in less than one hour, the idea of the com­pe­ti­tion is to at­tract a new au­di­ence to the game.

And the in­clu­sion of John­ston is cer­tain to make sure there is plenty of vo­cal sup­port from the crowd. The English­man has be­come some­what of a cult fig­ure over the past 12 months, with his per­for­mances also im­prov­ing as he won his maiden Euro­pean Tour ti­tle at the Open de Es­paña. “This sounds like it is go­ing to be a great new idea with plenty of crowd in­volve­ment, so hope­fully peo­ple will come along and re­ally get in­volved and we can have some fun,” said the 27-year-old Lon­doner. Also tak­ing part in the con­test is an­other fan favourite in Andy Sul­li­van, who has won three Euro­pean Tour ti­tles and last week com­peted in his first Ry­der Cup at Hazel­tine. The 30-year-old is known to have fa­natic sup­port, with his ‘Sulli Army’ trav­el­ling around the world to sup­port him. “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a go at the Hero Chal­lenge. I think it will be some­thing dif­fer­ent and great fun for us as play­ers but more im­por­tantly for the fans,” said Sul­li­van. The pair will be joined by former world No. 1 Luke Don­ald, in-form Swede Alex Noren and US Open run­ner-up Shane Lowry. Com­plet­ing the eight­man line-up are Aus­trian Bernd Wies­berger, French­man Alex Levy and In­dia’s Jeev Milkha Singh. The win­ners of the four open­ing round matches will progress through to two semi-fi­nals with the sub­se­quent two win­ners con­test­ing a fi­nal match to de­cide the Hero Chal­lenge cham­pion. If the two op­po­nents halve the hole, the out­come will be de­cided by the tee shot that is near­est to the pin.

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