|— Golfer —|
Gulbis at the 2009 LPGA Championship
|Full name||Natalie Anne Gulbis|
January 7, 1983 |
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Residence||Lake Las Vegas, Nevada|
|College||University of Arizona
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined (2002)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA Major Championships
|Kraft Nabisco C'ship||T3: 2006|
|LPGA Championship||T5: 2005|
|U.S. Women's Open||T4: 2005|
|Women's British Open||T8: 2005|
|The Evian Championship||T52: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
|William and Mousie
Born and raised in the Sacramento, California, area, Gulbis started finding interest in the game at the early age of four. By the time she reached age seven, she had won her first tournament, and at age ten, she reports she was breaking par.1
She played in her first LPGA Tour event in 1997 as an amateur at the age of 14 (handicap of 2). Gulbis was the top player on the boys' golf team at Granite Bay High School and graduated at age 16.1 She then accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Arizona, the 2000 national champions, where she was a teammate of fellow freshman, Lorena Ochoa.2 After one season at Arizona, Gulbis left college to turn professional in July 2001 at age 18.3 At the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in October 2001 at Daytona Beach, Florida, Gulbis finished tied for third to earn her card for the 2002 season.4
Although Gulbis did not win a tournament until her sixth season on tour, she finished sixth on the LPGA money list in her fourth season with over $1 million in earnings in 2005. She placed in the top 10 in four consecutive major championships from the 2005 LPGA Championship to the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Her first professional win came at the July 2007 Evian Masters in France, where she defeated Jeong Jang in a playoff. Gulbis tapped in for a two-putt birdie on the first extra hole to claim the winner's prize of $450,000.5
Gulbis is an only child. Considered to be a sex symbol in the LPGA, she released a 2005 calendar, just before the 2004 U.S. Women's Open, which featured her not only playing golf, but also in striking poses in swimwear. The United States Golf Association (USGA) barred it from being sold at the event, deeming it inappropriate. The calendar was sold openly at Golf Canada; the USGA was criticized for overreacting. Gulbis also posed for the November 2004 issue of the magazine FHM, an issue that also gave away a chance to play golf with her at her home course, the Lake Las Vegas Resort, where her calendar photo shoot took place. Gulbis has said that she likes the attention she gets, even if it is for her appearance; she has endorsement deals with McGladrey LLP, TaylorMade/Adidas, Canon, Michelob Ultra, SkyCaddie, Payment Data Systems, MasterCard, Winn Golf Grips, Lake Las Vegas Resort and EA Sports.
In 2006, Gulbis began writing a monthly advice column in FHM. In November 2005 a reality television show, The Natalie Gulbis Show, made its debut on The Golf Channel. The show had its second season premiere on October 18, 2006. Gulbis also has appeared on the 2007 version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour by EA Sports, along with fellow professionals, Annika Sörenstam, Ian Poulter, and Luke Donald, among others. In August 2007 Gulbis appeared on the August/September cover of Sactown Magazine in an article that profiled the rising star's busy life of product endorsements and photo shoots, though, no pro win. Gil Ozir, Vice President of Marketing for Raymond Weil, a luxury watchmaker and one of Gulbis' endorsement deals, was quotedcitation needed as saying, "Once she starts winning, she's going to be a megastar". A few days later, Gulbis won the Evian Masters, her first professional LPGA title.
In 2009, Gulbis appeared in the second season of Celebrity Apprentice.6 Throughout the season, each celebrity raised money for a charity of their choice; Gulbis selected the Boys and Girls Club.7 She was fired on the April 19, 2009 episode of the show.
Gulbis appeared on the April 28, 2009, episode of The Price Is Right as a Showcase theme. She also participated in a playing Hole in One to perform the game's "inspiration putt". She appeared on Sports Jobs with Junior Seau, where Seau worked as her caddy during the pro-am round for the Safeway Classic in Oregon.8
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||July 29, 2007||Evian Masters||72-69-73-70=284||−4||Playoff||Jeong Jang||450,000|
LPGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2006||Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic||Mi-Hyun Kim||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|2||2007||Evian Masters||Jeong Jang||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
- 2007 (1) Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel), unofficial event
- 2009 (1) Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Cristie Kerr and Suzann Pettersen), unofficial event
- 2013 (1) Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis), unofficial event
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||DNP||DNP||T48||T58||T17||T3||CUT||T13||T46||CUT||T47||T8|
|U.S. Women's Open||T34||CUT||T13||T37||T4||T16||T35||CUT||DNP||T14||T32||CUT|
|Women's British Open||DNP||T13||CUT||T13||T8||T16||T23||T9||CUT||DNP||CUT||CUT|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T32|
|U.S. Women's Open||T61|
|Women's British Open||T9|
|The Evian Championship ^||T52|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
Yellow background for a top-10 finish.
- Starts – 46
- Wins – 0
- 2nd place finishes – 0
- 3rd place finishes – 1
- Top 3 finishes – 1
- Top 5 finishes – 3
- Top 10 finishes – 7
- Top 25 finishes – 21
- Missed cuts – 12
- Most consecutive cuts made – 12
- Longest streak of top-10s – 4
- Official through November 24, 2013 12
* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
- Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2005 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2009 (winners)
- Lexus Cup (representing International team): 2005 (winners), 2006, 2007, 2008 (winners)
- World Cup (representing the United States): 2006
|2005||4||3–1–0||1–0–0 def. M. Hjorth 2&1||1–1–0 lost w/ C.Kerr 2&1
won w/ C. Kim 4&2
|1–0–0 won w/ C. Kerr 2&1||3.0||75.0|
|2007||3||1–2–0||1–0–0 def. G. Nocera 4&3||0–1–0 lost w/ M. Pressel 3&2||0–1–0 lost w/ N. Castrale 2up||1.0||33.3|
|2009||3||1–1–1||0–0–1 halved w/. J.Moodie||1–1–0 won w/ C. Kim 4&2
lost w/ C. Kim 5&4
- "Natalie Gulbis website – all about Natalie". Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "2000–01 Women's Golf Roster". Arizona Wildcats.com. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "Arizona's Natalie Gulbis Decides to Turn Professional". Arizona Wildcats.com. July 18, 2001. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "Qualifying Tournament History 2001". LPGA. October 13, 2001. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "Gulbis gets first win at Evian Masters". Golf.com. Associated Press. July 29, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- Moore, Frazier (January 8, 2009). "Trump rounds up celebs for new 'Apprentice' season". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "NBC Announces The 16 All-Star Celebrities Ready To Take On Donald Trump In The Boardroom When 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Premieres Sunday, March 1". The Futon Critic. January 8, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- Tokito, Mike (August 27, 2009). "Safeway Classic notes: Junior Seau struggles to keep up with Natalie Gulbis". Oregon Live.com. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "CSI: Season 10 Episode Guide". buddytv.com. January 3, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- "Natalie Gulbis - Body Paint - 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition - SI.com". CNN. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- Harig, Bob (March 13, 2013). "Natalie Gulbis withdraws with malaria". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "Natalie Gulbis stats". LPGA. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 26 December 2006
- Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 25 December 2007
- Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 30 December 2008
- Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 29 December 2009
- Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 28 December 2010
- Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 27 December 2011
- Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 31 December 2012
- Official website
- Natalie Gulbis at the LPGA Tour official site
- Natalie Gulbis on Twitter
- Arizona Wildcats.com profile