Q&A: Matt Weibring
The Web.com Tour veteran discusses his battle with Bell’s palsy, the new Tour stop in Dallas and his bond with father
June 03, 2015
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- June 03, 2015
- Matt Weibring has finished runner-up four times on the Web.com Tour. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Web.com Tour veteran Matt Weibring grew up and resides in the Dallas, Texas, area – as do many of his Web.com Tour peers such as Kelly Kraft, Cody Gribble and Martin Piller.
The Dallas contingent is excited for this week’s inaugural Greater Dallas Open, hosted by The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas, approximately 25 miles north-northwest of downtown Dallas.
In advance of this week’s Dallas event, PGATOUR.COM sat down with Weibring to discuss his battle with Bell’s palsy, his interest in commercial real estate, his bond with father D.A., and more.
What’s the most memorable round of golf you have ever played?
Probably in school, the first time I played Augusta National. I was at Georgia Tech; we were lucky that we had a lot of great alumni that are members there, and they took the team over there once a year to play. I had been there before watching my dad, but to tee it up is a little different.
What is your favorite golf course?
Probably Quincy Country Club. My dad is from a small town up in northern Illinois, and Quincy CC is an old course; 1898. I tied the course record there in college, 62. Made my first hole-in-one there, beat my dad for the first time there. Lots of good memories there.
Aside from your dad, are there any particular golfers that you admired growing up?
My dad’s best friend from TOUR is Peter Jacobsen. Peter is like an uncle to me. I always looked up to Peter. And Justin Leonard was one of the best amateurs when I was growing up. Those are probably the two that come to mind.
Biggest goal or aspiration in golf?
To win golf tournaments and win the biggest golf tournaments, win majors. For guys out here, it seems far away but it’s not that far away. It’s just six months of really good golf and then all of a sudden you’ve put yourself right there, which is the cool thing about it.
If you weren’t a golfer, what would you be doing?
Over the last number of years, I’ve had a bunch of injuries, spent a lot of time at home rehabbing. I’ve gotten involved in the real estate world and learned it with a group, Capview Partners, at home.
The two principals are guys named John Hammill and Ken Shulman; they’re Staubach guys, they worked for Roger before they started Capview. They understand how playing sports can help in the business world. It’s been a good opportunity. Especially when I was hurt and at home, it saved me from going crazy.
Can you give me a recap of your injuries?
I’ve had knee surgery, hip surgery, shoulder surgery and Bell’s palsy, all since 2010. The Bell’s palsy, the whole right side of my face was paralyzed. I couldn’t blink, couldn’t close my eyes. If I drank water, the water would fall out. I had to tape my eyes shut to sleep. It was like that for two, two-and-a-half months. Couldn’t play golf, obviously; it would get you real dizzy.
My dad had it in 1996; they didn’t really know anything about it. I had it 15-20 years later, and they told me the exact same thing they told him. It’s a weird deal.
What are you best at outside of golf? Any hidden talents?
I was a pretty good basketball player. I played in high school; I was all-state in Texas. My kids are getting pretty into it; we have a hoop out back. But that’s it. I don’t play any instruments or anything.
Who do you admire outside of golf?
Does my dad count? He’s my dad.
What do you most admire about your dad?
I go everywhere around the country playing golf. Every day of my life, when I’m at a tournament, I have people come up to me and talk about my dad. They tell some story about how my dad was nice to them, how my dad went out of his way to do something for them.
It’s amazing. Thousands of people. He’s always handled his business and treated people the right way, whether he was playing good or bad.
Do fans ever mistake you for your dad?
People call me D.A. a lot. One year at The Honda Classic … this one guy for 12 holes, every time I hit the ball, every time I made contact with it, he was like, ‘Attaboy, D.A.! Way to go! Illinois State!’ He went to ISU. ‘Redbirds!’
And we were just laughing. My caddie nicknamed my dad ‘The Ageless Wonder.’ My dad was 55 or so at the time, and people still thought he was 32, or however old I was. It was hilarious.
Did you travel with your dad growing up?
Before I was in school, I would travel all the time. My first trip, I was 7 weeks old, I think; we went out west somewhere. During the summer with my sisters, we would travel for 4 or 5 weeks.
How are you feeling about playing the Greater Dallas Open in your hometown?
I grew up in Dallas; I live there now too … it’s great for us. I heard there were some talks about it, and I’m glad it worked out. It’s always fun to sleep in your own bed.