The Allianz will be played on a new course this year ' the Tournament Club of Iowa. The first years of the tournament were played on the Glen Oaks Country Club layout in West Des Moines.
Weibring, playing in his second year on the senior circuit, won two weeks ago at the Brunos Memorial near Birmingham, Ala. That goes with a second-place finish at the SBC Classic earlier this year.
So far my season has been a steady one, says Weibring. We all talk about wanting to make more putts and putt better and whatever, and that certainly has been my case so far this year. I felt good about the way I've played so far on the Champions Tour. I felt very good about having 15 top-10s last year, being consistent, which I think was No. 1 on the Champions Tour.
But we all strive to win. And that was my focus coming into this year. The season set up pretty good from my schedule with a couple weeks on, a couple off, as we went through. But getting to Birmingham was really one of our first weeks getting on bent grass greens. Besides the California bent grass greens we putt on. And growing up in the Midwest and now living in Dallas, that's what I prefer.
Weibring always has had an affinity for Midwestern courses. He won five events as a regular tour member, and four of those were in the Midwest. And he added a fifth with the victory here last year, though it was as a member of the seniors.
There was a momentary doubt in Birmingham if he was indeed going to be credited with the victory. Standing on the 18th green, about to finish up the two-stroke victory with a tap-in putt, the ball appeared to move.
But Weibring called in official Ken Lindsay, who reviewed the TV cameras and ruled that Weibring had done nothing to violate the rules.
But I was fully prepared, given the whole thing as I tried to replay it in my mind, that if Ken would have had any doubt, absolutely any doubt, then I would have taken the pretty severe consequences, and we would have gone back down the fairway, said Weibring. Because it's not worth anything not worth the money, it's not worth I mean it's not worth that. And unfortunately there's a little cloud of doubt. Certainly it wasn't in Ken's mind.