Natalies Life On Camera

By George WhiteApril 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
So, what does a nice young woman do when she isnt doing golf? If shes 23-year-old Natalie Gulbis, she lets the world know what she is doing via The Golf Channel.
Natalie will be the focus of a reality show called, appropriately, Natalie. She has signed up for six shows, the first of which will air July 19th. The shows will air once a week and show Gulbis doing ' I dont know, whatever a young woman does for six weeks.
Natalie Gulbis
Natalie Gulbis currently sits in 20th on the 2005 LPGA money list.
I would think it would be fairly difficult to come up with enough interesting stuff to keep people on the edge of their seats for that length of time. But maybe it wouldnt be in Natalies case. She has quite an active golf presence, what with tournaments, girl things, and then her work with Butch Harmon. And she lives on the outskirts of Las Vegas ' an active social life would seem to follow. She has a close relationship with Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What else? Well, youll need to watch the shows to find out.
What prompted her to allow the cameras close access to her personal life? What prompted me is that there has not been a tour player yet to have a reality TV show, she said. And apparently she feels that a tour player would be a good candidate for a reality series, with the opportunity to show the world what she does on a daily basis.
As far as it being invasive, it has not been too bad so far, said Natalie. It is not like when I wake up in the morning, there is a microphone on me or a camera when I roll out of bed. A lot of it is stop-and-go kind of stuff with different events.
They just shot (the) swimsuit photo shoot for my new calendar, and that is real easy because it does not have anything to do with my golf. I just have a microphone on every now and then and they shoot it. They shoot some of the stuff behind the scenes, so it has been good.
Ah, the swimsuit photos. Gulbis has a calendar out in which she poses in, among other things, swimsuits. It's nice, because there's not a lot of calendars out there that sell, she said. There's not a lot of female athletes out there right now that have calendars.

So far, she hasnt yet mastered the art of simply ignoring the cameras and microphones. She notices them more sometimes than at others, but she is always aware that they are in the background.
Oh yeah, of course you are, she said. My swimsuit shoot that I did last year, I just had a photographer. This year (when TGC was doing its show), I actually had three cameras going around all the time.
They see you when you get up in the morning without makeup on, so you definitely are (aware of them). But it hasnt been too bad.
Natalie Gulbis
Natalie Gulbis won four times and earned All-America honors at the University of Arizona.
Gulbis is, of course, a golfer. But that doesnt mean she automatically would pick The Golf Channel to film her show. But she says she was convinced that TGC was the proper fit when it became apparent that others had the focus on - well, conflict.
A few of the other ones we were looking at were going to be trying to get a little more away from golf, explained Natalie. We were looking at one and it was going to a little more on my father and I, and they were looking for conflict, and stuff like that.
The Golf Channel was a perfect fit. They were going to show my life as basically what I am, and as athlete.'
Two episodes have already been shot, with four to follow. Gulbis is hopeful that the series will be renewed for another six episodes.
I remember Peter Jacobsens show (on The Golf Channel) when he did that with Sign Boy, and that was good, she recalled. That was fun to watch, because they were in different cities all the time, and you kind of get into the characters like all the other reality TV shows. You really get inside that persons life and you really start to follow the characters and want to see how it is going every week, something that you tune into.
But she wants to share what makes Natalie run. The show's producers, Natalie says, have made it easy on me. And starring in a reality show has been interesting ' it is just one more portion of a life that has gotten a little crowded.
So far it has not been too bad, she said of the filming. You just schedule it like everything else like appointments.
You have priorities of what is important to you and you put golf in the block of time as what is important to you and your down time as to what is important to you. And for me, my workouts are important to me. Then you try to fit everything else into the other time.
It is kind of fun to have a lot of things to do. It is when you have those six hours to do nothing, what do you do, watch TV? I have a lot of things going and it has been real exciting for me.
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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

    “Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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    “We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

    In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010. 

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    Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 11:27 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau played with Tiger Woods for the first time Tuesday morning, and the biggest surprise was that he wasn’t overcome by nerves.

    “That’s what I was concerned about,” DeChambeau said. “Am I just gonna be slapping it around off the tee? But I was able to play pretty well.”

    So was Woods.

    DeChambeau said that Woods looked “fantastic” as he prepares to make his first PGA Tour start in a year.

    “His game looks solid. His body doesn’t hurt. He’s just like, yeah, I’m playing golf again,” DeChambeau said. “And he’s having fun, too, which is a good thing.”

    Woods arrived at Torrey Pines before 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, when the temperature hadn’t yet crept above 50 degrees. He warmed up and played the back nine of Torrey Pines’ South Course with DeChambeau and Jason Day.

    “He looks impressive; it was good to see,” Day told afterward. “You take (Farmers) last year and the Dubai tournament out, and he hasn’t really played in two years. I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead, or think he’s going to come back and win straight away.

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    “The other time he came back, I don’t think he was ready and he probably came back too soon. This time he definitely looks ready. I think his swing is really nice, he’s hitting the driver a long way and he looks like he’s got some speed, which is great.”

    Woods said that his caddie, Joe LaCava, spent four days with him in South Florida last week and that he’s ready to go.

    “Before the Hero I was basically given the OK probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament, and I thought I did pretty good in that prep time,” Woods told, referring to his tie for ninth in the 18-man event.

    “Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf, and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”

    Woods is first off Torrey Pines’ North Course in Wednesday’s pro-am, scheduled for 6:40 a.m. local time. 

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    With blinders on, Rahm within reach of No. 1 at Torrey

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 10:10 pm

    SAN DIEGO – The drive over to Torrey Pines from Palm Springs, Calif., takes about two and a half hours, which was plenty of time for Jon Rahm’s new and ever-evolving reality to sink in.

    The Spaniard arrived in Southern California for a week full of firsts. The Farmers Insurance Open will mark the first time he’s defended a title on the PGA Tour following his dramatic breakthrough victory last year, and it will also be his first tournament as the game’s second-best player, at least according to the Official World Golf Ranking.

    Rahm’s victory last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his second on Tour and fourth worldwide tilt over the last 12 months, propelled the 23-year-old to No. 2 in the world, just behind Dustin Johnson. His overtime triumph also moved him to within four rounds of unseating DJ atop the global pecking order.

    It’s impressive for a player who at this point last year was embarking on his first full season as a professional, but then Rahm has a fool-proof plan to keep from getting mired in the accolades of his accomplishments.

    “It's kind of hard to process it, to be honest, because I live my day-to-day life with my girlfriend and my team around me and they don't change their behavior based on what I do, right?” he said on Tuesday at Torrey Pines. “They'll never change what they think of me. So I really don't know the magnitude of what I do until I go outside of my comfort zone.”

    Head down and happy has worked perfectly for Rahm, who has finished outside the top 10 in just three of his last 10 starts and began 2018 with a runner-up showing at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and last week’s victory.

    According to the world ranking math, Rahm is 1.35 average ranking points behind Johnson and can overtake DJ atop the pack with a victory this week at the Farmers Insurance Open; but to hear his take on his ascension one would imagine a much wider margin.

    “I've said many times, beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task,” Rahm said. “We all know what happened last time he was close to a lead in a tournament on the PGA Tour.”

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    Rahm certainly remembers. It was just three weeks ago in Maui when he birdied three of his first six holes, played the weekend at Kapalua in 11 under and still finished eight strokes behind Johnson.

    And last year at the WGC-Mexico Championship when Rahm closed his week with rounds of 67-68 only to finish two strokes off Johnson’s winning pace, or a few weeks later at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play when he took Johnson the distance in the championship match only to drop a 1-up decision to the game’s undisputed heavyweight.

    As far as Rahm has come in an incredibly short time - at this point last year he ranked 137th in the world - it is interesting that it’s been Johnson who has had an answer at every turn.

    He knows there’s still so much room for improvement, both physically and mentally, and no one would ever say Rahm is wanting for confidence, but after so many high-profile run-ins with Johnson, his cautious optimism is perfectly understandable.

    “I'll try to focus more on what's going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win,” he reasoned when asked about the prospect of unseating Johnson, who isn’t playing this week. “I'll try my best, that's for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

    If Rahm’s take seems a tad cliché given the circumstances, consider that his aversion to looking beyond the blinders is baked into the competitive cake. For all of his physical advantages, of which there are many, it’s his keen ability to produce something special on command that may be even more impressive.

    Last year at Torrey Pines was a quintessential example of this, when he began the final round three strokes off the lead only to close his day with a back-nine 30 that included a pair of eagles.

    “I have the confidence that I can win here, whereas last year I knew I could but I still had to do it,” he said. “I hope I don't have to shoot 30 on the back nine to win again.”

    Some will point to Rahm’s 60-footer for eagle at the 72nd hole last year as a turning point in his young career, it was even named the best putt on Tour by one publication despite the fact he won by three strokes. But Rahm will tell you that walk-off wasn’t even the best shot he hit during the final round.

    Instead, he explained that the best shot of the week, the best shot of the year, came on the 13th hole when he launched a 4-iron from a bunker to 18 feet for eagle, a putt that he also made.

    “If I don't put that ball on the green, which is actually a lot harder than making that putt, the back nine charge would have never happened and this year might have never happened, so that shot is the one that made everything possible,” he explained.

    Rahm’s ability to embrace and execute during those moments is what makes him special and why he’s suddenly found himself as the most likely contender to Johnson’s throne even if he chooses not to spend much time thinking about it.

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    Rahm focusing on play, not shot at No. 1

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 9:06 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm’s meteoric rise in the world rankings could end with him reaching No. 1 with a win this week at Torrey Pines.

    After winning last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his fourth title in 51 weeks, Rahm has closed the gap on Dustin Johnson – less than 1.5 average points separates them.

    With Johnson not playing this week, the 23-year-old Spaniard has a chance to reach the top spot for the first time, but only if he defends his title at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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    “Beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task. It’s no easy task,” he said Tuesday. “We still have four days of golf ahead and we’ll see what happens. But I’ll try to focus more on what’s going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win.

    “I’ll try my best, that’s for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

    Rahm has already become the fourth-youngest player to reach No. 2 in the world, behind Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.