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August 31, 2010
Johnson to play in Ryder Cup

Professional golfer Zach Johnson, BN'98, will play in the prestigious Ryder Cup game for the second time in his career.

Johnson was one of four at-large picks by American team captain Corey Pavin, alongside Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler.  The biennial contest pits 12-man teams from Europe and the United States against one another.

The 2010 Ryder Cup will be played Oct. 1-3 at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. Johnson is currently 17th on the World Golf Rankings, and was 11th on the U.S. Ryder Cup point list after tying for third in the PGA Championship last month.

Johnson also played for the United States' 2006 Ryder Cup team in Straffan, Ireland.


Cundiff holds tight as Ravens placekicker

Former Drake standout Billy Cundiff, AS'03, retained his job as the Baltimore Ravens regular placekicker following a series of cuts by the National Football League in early September."¨"¨

Cundiff, who set 15 school records and seven Pioneer Football League marks during his career at Drake from 1998-2001, beat out 32-year-old Shayne Graham, who was cut by the Ravens.

"¨Cundiff has played in the National Football League for eight years, including stints with Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Green Bay, Kansas City and New Orleans. He was named the National Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 30, 2002, and tied an NFL record by making seven field goals in a 2003 Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants.