Gulbis undergoes tests in Singapore, Harmon fears illness might be malaria

Natalie Gulbis
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Natallie Gulbis pulled out of the HSBC Women's Champions with flu-like symptoms.
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Series: LPGA Tour

Published: Saturday, March 02, 2013 | 7:39 p.m.

SINGAPORE -- Natalie Gulbis underwent blood tests on Saturday after withdrawing from the HSBC Women's Champions with an unspecified illness her instructor initially suspected could be malaria.

Gulbis pulled out of the $1.4 million event before the second round on Friday with flu-like symptoms.

Shortly afterward, her instructor, Butch Harmon, tweeted that both she and South Korean golfer Se Ri Pak, who withdrew from the tournament before it began with an illness, were in the hospital with malaria.

LPGA Tour spokesperson Kelly Thesier said Saturday, however, that Pak does not have malaria and Gulbis has yet to be diagnosed. She said Gulbis has undergone blood tests but has not been hospitalized.

Gulbis shot an opening-round 75 on Thursday before withdrawing.