LPGA Player Natalie Gulbis Contracts Malaria, Forced to Withdraw From Opener
Natalie Gulbis, a veteran golfer from Sacramento also known for her appearance on Celebrity Apprentice, has withdrawn from the LPGA Founders Cup because of malaria contracted during the tour’s Asian swing.
Two weeks ago in Singapore, Gulbis pulled out of the HSBC Women’s Champions before the second round because of illness that was later confirmed to be malaria.
LPGA player Natalie Gulbis © Gerry Maceda/ZUMAPRESS.com
According for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Malaria is caused by one of five species of parasites that can be carried from person to person by mosquitoes. Symptoms often resemble the flu, with fever, chills, sweats, body aches, nausea and vomiting and headaches. The illness can be more severe and even fatal, since the parasite infects and then kills the red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body.
The LPGA Tour and Gulbis' management company IMG said Wednesday that Gulbis is being treated at home in Las Vegas and is expected to be at full strength in three weeks.
The LPGA season opens this week with the Founders Cup tournament at Wildfire Golf Course in Phoenix.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng will try to repeat as the Founders Cup winner. Tseng hasn't won since back-to-back victories in the Founders Cup and Kia Classic last March. Stacy Lewis, ranked No. 3 in the world, won the HSBC Women's Champions title.
Scottsdale Healthcare, the founding partner of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, will be on site today "to provide blood draw for players, caddies and family members wishing to be screened."
Gulbis had this to say on her
I am bummed to not be able to play this weeks LPGA Event in Arizona and appreciate all the sweet comments on Twitter from everyone...
Wishing her well on the road to recovery.