'Beach girl' Gulbis grateful to be back on course

By Randall MellFebruary 5, 2015, 8:39 pm

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Natalie Gulbis soaked in the beauty of the sapphire seas crashing against the white-sand beach along the eighth hole Thursday at the Ocean Club Golf Course.

She was feeling good in the first round of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic, her left hip feeling strong in her first LPGA start since undergoing surgery to repair two tears in the labrum almost three months ago.

She was feeling appreciative about being back in the game, back with old friends, back on the tour that means so much to her.

She was feeling something else, too. She was feeling competitive fire rekindling more quickly than anyone would have expected.

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With a birdie chance at the 18th hole just sliding past the cup, Gulbis nearly seized a share of the lead. With a 5-under-par 68, she’s in early contention, one shot behind Brooke Pancake. She’s tied for second with Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park.

“It just feels great to be playing golf again,” Gulbis said. “It’s fun for me to get to play without pain.

“I’ve been working hard on my swing, because it’s important for me to come out and play well in these events. They’re going to determine what I can qualify for and what I don’t. So, I need to play well.”

Gulbis, 32, has been slowed the last two seasons with serious physical challenges. Malaria’s lingering effects slowed her in 2013 and the hip injury shut her down for most of the second half of last season.

Though she had walked a full 18 holes just one other time since having surgery Thanksgiving week, Gulbis turned in a bogey-free scorecard in her return. She liked seeing her name on the traditional, wooden leaderboard above the 18th hole at the Ocean Club.

“I’m always pleased to be on a leaderboard,” Gulbis said. “I’m always pleased to shoot a score like that. It’s nice to see that what you’ve been working on is working, because you don’t know until you get out there in competition, hitting shots.”

Gulbis, 32, has had more than her share of physical challenges. She has also battled back problems for a number of years.

“Sometimes I feel like I’ve been injured since 2009,” Gulbis said.

Gulbis has been in physical therapy, undergoing platelet-rich plasma treatment (blood spinning) and in hyperbaric chambers more than she has been on the golf course the last six months.

“I tried almost everything to come back,” Gulbis said.

That’s why Thursday’s start was so promising. Gulbis still has large ambitions. She wants to add a second victory to her Evian Championship title in ’07. She wants to make the U.S. Solheim Cup team going to Germany later this year. With so much time missed with injury and illness, Gulbis has recorded just one top-10 finish over the last two seasons. She needs to chalk up a lot of Solheim points over the next seven months to make the United States team for the fourth time in her career.

The Bahamas is a perfect place for Gulbis to make her comeback.

“I’m a beach girl,” Gulbis said. “I do all my workouts on the beach here, and I go in the ocean every day.”

Gulbis is hoping to hop a boat to go fishing with friends in the Atlantic while she’s here. She’d love to claim both a trophy fish and a golf trophy when she leaves Paradise Island Sunday night.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.