Beef ready to take on Hero Challenge
Johnston added to eight-man line-up
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.