Golfer Natalie Gulbis Diagnosed With Malaria

A week ago pro golfer Natalie Gulbis withdrew from the first round of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore with flu-like symptoms. She was cleared – no maleria diagnosis, and returned to the U.S. Last Tuesday, March 12th the symptoms persisted and forced her withdraw from the season opener, the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix. The announcement that Gulbis had contracted malaria came from the LPGA and her management team.

Natalie Gulbis

Natalie Gulbis

“Natalie originally became ill in Singapore and she was treated and medically cleared to fly home,” according to the statement. “Natalie continues to be treated at home and is expected to be at full strength in three weeks. Natalie’s well-being is a top priority for both the LPGA and IMG, and steps continue to be taken to ensure the well-being of Natalie and all the players on the LPGA Tour now and for future events. LPGA doctors have been consulted and believe she is on appropriate medications, under great care, and her prognosis is excellent.” Source: USA Today

Gulbis has three majors to her credit, one on the LPGA on a playoff hole at the 2007 Evian Masters when she defeated Jeong Jang.

  • I knew a guy in the State Dept who contracted malaria while on assignment in Africa. He would have 2 weeks a year when he suffered from fevers and other symptoms. It isn’t fun, but it otherwise did not incapacitate him because we have the medicines to keep it controlled. I’m sure she will be okay.

    • Norma Brown, that makes two of you. I sure hope you’re right. I’ve not know anyone who has malaria but when I read about it, it seems most unpleasant. They probably do have good meds today, and I’ll take a gin and tonic please (make that Bombay Sapphire and Schweps).

  • Tonic, that is in the Gin and Tonic, was developed to fight Malaria. It works too. I suggest she start drinking Gin and Tonic regularly.