Z. Johnson pumped up to find Iowa in Rose Bowl


NASSAU, Bahamas – Zach Johnson described his victory at this year’s Open Championship as “extreme awe,” but he was pretty reserved after winning his second major this year. Such was not the case Sunday afternoon.

Upon learning that his Iowa Hawkeyes had been invited to the Rose Bowl, Johnson tried to control his excitement, with a tournament taking place in the background. Johnson pumped his fists and the enthusiasm fought through with a muted, “Yeah!!!”

Iowa lost the Big Ten championship game Saturday night to Michigan State, but will face Stanford in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1.

“A little bittersweet,” Johnson, who finished 12th at the Hero World Challenge, told SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. “We’re going to the Rose Bowl, where we deserve to be. Very excited.”

“We’re still ahead of Ohio State,” he added. “And that’s all that matters.”