A FEW YEARS AGO, Champions Tour player Mark Wiebe couldn’t break 80. Wiebe had physical problems that included a left elbow that required surgery.
“It was hard on him but I think it was even harder on me,” Gunner Wiebe, Wiebe’s 19-year-old son, told Phillip Howley in a story at USSeniorOpen.com. The son, who occasionally caddies, is credited with helping his father regain his form.
Mark Wiebe began his comeback on the Nationwide Tour, an old guy among the young guns.
“What the heck are you doing out here?” they would say to Wiebe. Later it was, “Hey, nice playing,” as the two-time PGA Tour winner steered his game back into the 60s.
After becoming eligible for the Champions Tour, Wiebe won last year’s SAS Championship. It was the first time Gunner saw his dad win a tournament, pretty special stuff. Wiebe also won earlier this season at the Cap Cana Championship in the Dominican Republic.
Wiebe is a favorite in the U.S. Senior Open, which is underway at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eduardo Romero and John Cook hold the early lead.
−The Armchair Golfer