In a written statement on Wednesday, Natalie Gulbis confirmed that she does, indeed, have malaria. The disease, contracted during the LPGA Tour's Asian swing, forced Gulbis to withdraw from two events.
Despite earlier denials, Natalie Gulbis’ agent confirmed on Wednesday that the LPGA star does, indeed, have malaria. Gulbis withdrew from the RR Donnelley Founders Cup event in Phoenix and a statement was released shortly thereafter.
It is believed she contracted the disease in Singapore during the LPGA’s Asian swing. She withdrew from the HSBC Women's Champions with what were, at the time, described as “flu-like symptoms.” At the time her spokespeople made it abundantly clear that there was no diagnosis of malaria.
A golfer was swallowed by a sinkhole in the middle of the fairway at an Illinois golf course last Friday. The rest of his foursome looks into the sinkhole above. Luckily, the story had a happy ending, as the golfer was rescued.
You know how winning sports teams get their championship rings the season after their big victories? The same thing happens in golf sometimes, too.
At Doral last week, Titleist made a special presentation to Webb Simpson to commemorate his victory in the 2012 U.S. Open. Titleist Tour rep Mac Fritz presented Simpson with a gift box containing, among other things, a golden Pro V1x ball. It's a little difficult to see in this photo, but the ball is the shiny object in the left side of the box.
**UPDATE: Apparently, Kevin Kisner, winner of the Chile Classic on the Web.com Tour, is no longer an official Nike Golf player. We will still try to find out what clubs he was playing for his victory this weekend.