Friday March 15, 2013
Natalie withdraws from LPGA event with malaria
PHOENIX: The LPGA Tour has stepped up its healthcare services for players and caddies taking part in this week’s Founders Cup tournament, following Natalie Gulbis’ (pic) withdrawal on Wednesday due to malaria.
The American pulled out of the tournament after becoming ill while playing in a LPGA Tour event two weeks ago in Singapore.
“Natalie originally became ill in Singapore,” the LPGA Tour said in a statement. “Natalie continues to be treated at home and is expected to be at full strength in three weeks.
“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.”
The LPGA said Gulbis is expected to make a full recovery, adding that a healthcare company will be at the tournament in Phoenix to draw blood from players and caddies who were in Singapore. Fears of a malaria outbreak swirled after top golf coach Butch Harmon tweeted earlier this month that Gulbis and Pak Se Ri, who also withdrew from the Singapore event, were in hospital in Singapore with malaria.
Gulbis is likely to miss next week’s Carlsbad, California event as well. She hopes to be back for the season’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which begins Apr 4. — AFP