Gulbis on the mend


ORLANDO, Fla. – Natalie Gulbis did not make her scheduled trip to the PGA Merchandise Show Thursday after undergoing minor back surgery last week.

The LPGA veteran is not expected to miss the start of the season next month, however, and plans to tee it up at the season-opening event in Thailand, according to IMG, her management company. Gulbis has been plagued with back problems the last two seasons. She is rebounding quickly from a minor laser procedure on her back and has already begun to hit balls in preparation for the start of the new season.