Natalie Gulbis treated for illness in Singapore

March 01, 2013

Natalie Gulbis withdrew before the second round of the HSBC Champions in Singapore due to illness, according to the LPGA. Her instructor, Butch Harmon, fears it may be more serious than that.


Harmon tweeted early Friday, "Just learned both SeRi and Natalie Gulbis put in the hospital in Singapore with Malaria . Hope they both will be ok"

According to an Mike Scanlan the LPGA's director of media communications, "Se Ri does not have malaria, just flulike symptoms. Natalie is getting checked in Singapore, but has not been given a diagnosis yet."

"LPGA officials are in contact with both players," Scanlan added.

Pak didn't tee it up on Thursday. Gulbis shot an opening-round 75.

It's already been a wild week on the LPGA. On Wednesday, Ai Miyazato withdrew from the tournament after being in a five-car auto accident in Thailand over the weekend. That accident included fellow LPGA stars Paula Creamer and Suzann Pettersen, both of whom remained in the event.

Creamer told reporters before the tournament that she had "pretty bad whiplash," but she has played well and enters the weekend T-2.