Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston confirmed for first Hero Challenge of 2018

Andrew “Beef” Johnston will be among six European Tour stars taking part in the first Hero Challenge of the year in Scotland next month.

Fan-favourite Johnston will be joined by defending Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion Rafa Cabrera Bello and rising Indian star Shubhankar Sharma for the special event in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday, July 10.

The trio are the first of six players to be confirmed for the event at the world-famous visitor attraction just two days before they compete in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club from July 12-15, and fans can register for FREE tickets to see the action at Edinburgh Castle at http://et.golf/Hero-Challenge

Cabrera Bello will be aiming to open the tournament week in style when he takes to the purpose-built arena on the castle esplanade, with Johnston returning to the event having taken part in the inaugural Hero Challenge at The Grove in 2016.

A successful debut for the shootout at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports was followed by three spectacular editions last year at the British Masters, Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

In 2018 the drama of the night golf contest will be increased further as a series of iconic city locations perform hosting duties, starting with the 12th century Edinburgh Castle, a key part of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

Three-time European Tour winner Cabrera Bello said: “I can’t wait to come back to defend my Scottish Open title and taking part in the Hero Challenge in a world-famous location like Edinburgh Castle will be an amazing start to the week.”

Johnston added: “It’s safe to say that I’ve never played golf in a castle before, so this is going to be fun. I was part of the first ever Hero Challenge and the crowd loved it as much as we did, so I can’t wait to see what this one brings.”

Sharma has become India’s highest-ranked golfer after winning twice on the European Tour this season, and he said: “I’ve watched the Hero Challenge and thought it was such a great way of bringing new audiences to golf. I can’t wait to take part for the first time – and what a location to start off in.”

The Hero Challenge will take place from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm on Tuesday, July 10 and will be shown live across the Sky Sports and European Tour platforms. Free tickets to be there in person are available at http://et.golf/Hero-Challenge

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