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January 08, 2011

Natalie Gulbis and Dustin Johnson are golf's new power couple

Gulbis Professional golf has a new power couple: Dustin Johnson and Natalie Gulbis. The telegenic twosome quietly began dating after having competed alongside each other at the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge in early November.

The romance went public on Saturday when Gulbis followed Johnson on the back nine of his third round at the Tournament of Champions. She was dressed in head-to-toe adidas attire, a nice bit of corporate synergy as both she and Johnson are key endorsers for the company.

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Following Johnson’s 73, Gulbis confirmed they were dating but said with a laugh, ”I’ll let Dustin handle our PR.” Reached Saturday evening, he declined comment.

Johnson, 25, and Gulbis, 28, are not the first duo to bridge the tours — Arron Oberholser married the former Angie Rizzo, while Ryuji Imada and Beth Bauer also had a long relationship.

But Johnson and Gulbis are sure to attract more attention, instantly becoming golf’s most glamorous couple thanks to their shared good looks, athleticism and marketing muscle.

Johnson has been a focus of the Tournament of Champions' promotion and is on the verge of superstardom after winning twice in 2010 and contending at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

Gulbis — who had a high-profile relationship with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2005 — struggled last season while recovering from back surgery. On Saturday she looked tanned and toned and reported that she is pain-free for the first time in years. Expect the cameras to find her in Johnson's gallery on Sunday or at next week's Sony Open on Oahu.

(Photo Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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