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March 13, 2013

Natalie Gulbis has malaria, withdraws from LPGA event

Posted at 10:48 AM by Mike Walker | Categories: LPGA Tour, Natalie Gulbis

Nat_singapore_300Natalie Gulbis withdrew from this week's RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup due to malaria, according to a statement from the LPGA.

Natalie originally became ill in Singapore and she was treated and medically cleared to fly home. 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.

The LPGA is also offering free malaria screenings in Phoenix on Wednesday for players, caddies and family members.

Earlier this month, Gulbis's coach Butch Harmon tweeted that Gulbis had malaria after she withdrew from the HSBC Women's Champions event in Singapore, but her agent denied it in an interview with the Golf Channel.

According to the LPGA, Gulbis has been practicing and expects to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April.

Photo: Natalie Gulbis in the first round of the 2013 HSBC Champions LPGA event in Singapore in February (Getty Images).

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