Johnston missed the weekend cut, finishing at five-over after two rounds, with one horrendous hole on the opening day proving particularly costly.

The 28-year-old was sitting pretty at two-under after 10 holes of his first round before posting a nine on the par-four second.

He never recovered.

Johnston has become a crowd favourite on tour, with his big fuzzy beard and willingness to interact with the crowd helping him attract a legion of fans.

He earnt his nickname 'Beef' when he was just 12 years old after a friend said he looked like he had a steak on his head from a distance.

The Englishman's ability to smile despite playing well below his best helped endear him to the local fans in Perth. PHOTO: Getty Images/Paul Kane.

The World No.161 wants to return to the innovative Perth golf event next year.

"I'm a bit disappointed the way I played," Johnston said.

"But in realisation, the last four weeks have been real busy. I came here last minute, it was kind of tough

"I just said to my caddie on about the 16th hole today, I was frustrated.

"But you can't be too hard on yourself because you go from Malaysia - I didn't hit many balls there because of the heat - and then you come here last minute.

"We've had a great week seeing the different parts and doing cool stuff, so I've had a great week and I'll definitely be back."

Johnston said he would consider missing a lead-up event in order to be better prepared for next year's tournament in Perth.