November 1, 2015 - 5:00am
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Claret Jug
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Zach Johnson and the Claret Jug pose with some of Iowa's football team for a photo.

Whatever Zach Johnson had to say during his pre-game pep talk before Iowa's game with Maryland on Saturday in Iowa City worked. That, or a chance for the Hawkeyes to touch the Claret Jug that Johnson brought with him to the stadium as honorary captain.

In either case -- or not at all -- Iowa rolled Maryland, 31-15 to improve to 8-0 this season and remain in the thick of the NCAA national championship race.

Iowa assistant coach Chris White posted this to his Twitter page after the game:

 

 

For the record, Johnson is a proud Drake University alum, but remains an Iowa football fan at heart.

Claret Jug helps Hawkeyes to 8-0
Scott Piercy's second shot found the hole on the par 4 14th hole.

Scott Piercy was already having a pretty good week in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic.

Rounds of 62, 69 and 69 have him at 16-under and four shots off the lead.

Helping him to that 69 Saturday was this gem of shot on the 358-yard par-4 14th.

 

 

Justin Thomas and Brendan Steele share the lead going into Sunday's final round at 20-under.

Follow the leaderboard here.

Scott Piercy makes eagle from the fairway at CIMB in Malaysia
Zach Johnson
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Zach Johnson will join the Iowa Hawkeye's football team Saturday as an honorary captain.

Zach Johnson knows all about pressure situations.

He won the 2015 Open Championship in grand style. A playoff.

He has a green jacket.

He's ranked No. 10 in the world.

On Saturday afternoon, he'll find out about football pressure when he takes the field as an honorary captain for the University of Iowa in their game with Maryland. The Hawkeyes shared the news via their Twitter account earlier in the week.

 

 

As for Johnson, a Cedar Rapids native and avid Hawkeye fan, giddy might be the best way to describe his response.

 

 

As part of his duties, Johnson will be on hand for pre-game coin toss and he'll hang out in the locker room before and after the game.

Ahead of his captaincy, the 12-time PGA Tour winner stopped by his alma mater, Drake University in Des Moines, Claret Jug in hand.

 

 

 

Zach Johnson serves as honorary captain at Iowa Hawkeyes football game
Tiger Woods
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After this second procedure on his back, Tiger Woods is currently on bedrest.
 
Tiger Woods has undergone yet another procedure on his ailing back, he announced on his website Friday, and continues to say that there is no firm timetable for his return to competition.
 
Woods underwent what his website described as "a successful follow-up procedure to his September back surgery" to "relieve discomfort." He is currently on bedrest after the operation, which occurred on late Wednesday.
 
"Tiger is doing well, and we expect him to make a full recovery," said Dr. Charles Rich, the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure in Park City, Utah, in a statement.
 
 
"It's one of those things that had to be done," Woods said on his site. "I have an outstanding team of doctors, and I'll be back as soon as I can."
 
When that will be remains uncertain. Next on his schedule was a Nov. 5 visit to the golf course he's creating at Bluejack National outside Houston, but Woods said that trip was off.
 
"I'm extremely disappointed not going to Bluejack, but I'm very excited about our grand opening in the spring," Woods said. "It's a fantastic course, and we're very proud of our first U.S. design."
 
Woods is expected to host his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December, but won't be able to play.
 
Tiger Woods on bedrest after follow- up procedure for back pain
Tommy Biershenk
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Former PGA Tour player Tommy Biershenk has big plans for Legacy Pines near Greenville, S.C.
 
Tommy Biershenk isn't playing the PGA Tour or the Web.com Tour anymore. Instead, he's focusing all his energies on operating a golf course in his native South Carolina.
 
The former Clemson standout and a partner have leased the Hejaz Shrine Golf Club in Mauldin from the local chapter of the Shriners. They've changed the course's name to Legacy Pines at Hejaz and are running the course, the golf shop and the grill, according to SCGolfClub.com, while the Shriners keep their offices in the facility's main building.
 
They're also throwing a daylong party on Saturday to benefit the First Tee of Greenville. "Reedy Fest," which Biershenk hopes to grow into an annual event, will feature everything from live bands to food vendors, hayrides to a classic car show, a bonfire – and, of course golf.
 
For most golfers, the day's big draw likely will be the hole-in-one contest with a new pickup truck as the grand prize. But there's also "soccer-golf" – Biershenk, inspired by his soccer-playing teenagers, has created a special nine-hole layout next to the golf course, according to The Greenville News. Players will be able to check it out for free during Reedy Fest, and Biershenk said he's still figuring out how much to charge for rounds going forward.
 
Speaking of going forward, Biershenk will ramp up his marketing efforts to promote the facility, which he says will offer the lowest membership dues and daily green fees in the Greenville area. He's planning an official Grand Opening next spring.
 
 
 
Tommy Biershenk trades life on tour for career as golf course operator
Pothole golf
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In the city of San Luis Potosi, cyclists have created their own golf game utilizing the many potholes in the streets.
 
When I was a kid, my grade-school friends and I often would play golf around our neighborhood. We'd each get one club – 5-iron was always my go-to stick – and whack tennis balls or wiffle balls or occasionally even real golf balls toward holes we'd set up in neighbors' flowerbeds or storm drains or vacant lots or wherever. Some of the holes were quick and easy, others stretched many hundreds of yards and required dozens of shots.
 
It was a lot of fun, and it was a great way for us to ease ourselves into real golf without having to actually get on a real golf course.
 
Down in Mexico, a group of bicyclists have created something similar. In the city of San Luis Potosi, the streets are so filled with potholes that cycling on them is much more of a challenge than a pleasure. So the cyclists came up with a game – they play their own form of mini-golf using the potholes as golf holes.
 
 
They began playing a few years ago, in part to highlight the shoddy condition of the streets. Over time, their casual contest got more serious – well, a little more serious – and it has evolved into an annual event called the Urban Golf Tournament. We kids played down virtually empty small-town streets; these guys play on busy city streets with traffic serving as their biggest hazard. 
 
In the video from Golf Digest posted below, you can see some of the action. The happy result of the tournament is that the city has begun repairing some of the streets, and the concept has spread to other cities – yet another example of how people are using golf to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
 
 
 
 
Bicyclists play "pothole golf" in streets of city in Mexico
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