On Tour with Natalie Gulbis

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On Tour with Natalie Gulbis

September 19, 2007

Natalie Gulbis follows through during the second round of the 2006 Sybase Clasic at Wykagyl CC in New Rochelle, N.Y. After opening with a 68 to share the first-round lead, Gulbis shot 74-75 to finish T16, nine shots back of winner Lorena Ochoa, her close friend from her college-golf days at Arizona.Natalie Gulbis follows through during the second round of the 2006 Sybase Clasic at Wykagyl CC in New Rochelle, N.Y. After opening with a 68 to share the first-round lead, Gulbis shot 74-75 to finish T16, nine shots back of winner Lorena Ochoa, her close friend from her college-golf days at Arizona.

With four rounds in the 70s, Gulbis never contended at the 2006 U.S. Women's Open Championship at Newport CC in Newport, R.I. But her steady play was good enough for a T-16 finish and a $53,000 paycheck.With four rounds in the 70s, Gulbis never contended at the 2006 U.S. Women's Open Championship at Newport CC in Newport, R.I. But her steady play was good enough for a T-16 finish and a $53,000 paycheck.

Gulbis plays an approach shot from the short grass during the third round of the 2006 Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va. She finished the tournament at two under, good enough for a T13, 12 strokes back of winner Karrie Webb.Gulbis plays an approach shot from the short grass during the third round of the 2006 Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va. She finished the tournament at two under, good enough for a T13, 12 strokes back of winner Karrie Webb.

Natalie gets a pointer from her father, John Gulbis, on the practice range before the first round of the 2006 Women's U.S. Open. John has been closely involved in his daughter's career, both inside the ropes and outside, though Butch Harmon is now serving as Natalie's primary swing coach.Natalie gets a pointer from her father, John Gulbis, on the practice range before the first round of the 2006 Women's U.S. Open. John has been closely involved in his daughter's career, both inside the ropes and outside, though Butch Harmon is now serving as Natalie's primary swing coach.

Natalie signs an autograph for a young fan and takes a bow for a snapshot before the final round of the 2006 Sybase Big Apple Classic on in New Rochelle, New YorkNatalie signs an autograph for a young fan and takes a bow for a snapshot before the final round of the 2006 Sybase Big Apple Classic on in New Rochelle, New York

Gulbis stays loose during fourth-round action at the McDonald's LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Maryland. She closed with a 69 to finish at two under, six strokes behind Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb. Pak defeated Webb in a playoff for the major title.Gulbis stays loose during fourth-round action at the McDonald's LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Maryland. She closed with a 69 to finish at two under, six strokes behind Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb. Pak defeated Webb in a playoff for the major title.

Playing on the International team at the 2005 Lexus Cup in Singapore, Natalie watches her tee shot on the 10th hole during her Sunday singles match against Meena Lee of Asia.Playing on the International team at the 2005 Lexus Cup in Singapore, Natalie watches her tee shot on the 10th hole during her Sunday singles match against Meena Lee of Asia.

Natalie started her 2006 season with a T5 finish at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii. She claimed two more top-5 finishes in her next two events, and had six top-5s for the year.Natalie started her 2006 season with a T5 finish at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii. She claimed two more top-5 finishes in her next two events, and had six top-5s for the year.

Gulbis admires a drive during the final round of the 2006 Nabisco Championship. She shot a 68 to finish just one stroke out of the playoff between Karrie Webb and Lorena Ochoa, won on the first extra hole by Webb.Gulbis admires a drive during the final round of the 2006 Nabisco Championship. She shot a 68 to finish just one stroke out of the playoff between Karrie Webb and Lorena Ochoa, won on the first extra hole by Webb.

"I'm not a model, I'm an athlete," Gulbis told Golf For Women magazine in talking about her first calendar, which featured swimsuit shots taken at Lake Las Vegas. "To put her in a bathing suit was like pulling teeth," her father, John, added. The calendar ended up selling out all 50,000 copies."I'm not a model, I'm an athlete," Gulbis told Golf For Women magazine in talking about her first calendar, which featured swimsuit shots taken at Lake Las Vegas. "To put her in a bathing suit was like pulling teeth," her father, John, added. The calendar ended up selling out all 50,000 copies.

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