Gulbis plans to retire after having kids

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Natalie Gulbis envisions an end to her playing career, and it could come as soon as next year.

Gulbis, 32, told reporters Thursday at the North Texas Shootout that she plans to retire once she and husband Josh Rodarmel, whom she married in December 2013, start a family.

"Until I have kids, so hopefully I have kids sooner than later," Gulbis said. She added that she wants to play "at least through this year."

Gulbis turned pro at age 18 in 2001, and she is in the midst of her 15th season on the LPGA. Her lone victory came at the 2007 Evian Masters. While she is No. 276 in the latest Rolex rankings, Gulbis stands 49th on the LPGA's career money list, with nearly $4.9 million in on-course earnings. She has yet to record a top-50 finish in five starts this season, but she grabbed a spot on the early leaderboard in Dallas after opening this week's event with a 4-under 67.

Gulbis said that while she admires the career paths of Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst, two women who returned to the LPGA after having children, she doesn't plan to follow suit.

"I don't think so," Gulbis said. "Maybe coming back out to cheer for the younger players."