Natalie Gulbis Biography
Quick Facts Natalie Gulbis
Natalie Gulbis is a William and Mousie Powell Award winning professional golfer. Currently, she plays on the U.S.-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. Like her professional life, her personal life is also successful.She is a happily married woman.
Natalie Gulbis Early Life and Education
Natalie Anne Gulbis was born on January 7, 1983, in the Sacramento, California. She is the daughter of John Gulbis and Barbara Gulbis. She has two siblings named, George and Charlie Innocent. Gulbis began finding interest in the game at the age of four. By the time she reached age seven, she gained her first tournament. Then at age ten, she became a breaking part.
Instagram: Natalia Gulbis in her childhood;
She played in her first LPGA Tour event in 1997 as an amateur at 14. Gulbis was the top player on the Granite Bay High School from where she graduated at age 16. She then received a golf scholarship to the University of Arizona.
Natalie Gulbis’s Career
Gulbis began her career from her high school days. She dropped college to become professional in July 2001 at 18. At the LPGA Final Qualifying Competition in October 2001, she completed tied for third to secure her card for the 2002 season.
Instagram: Natalie on her match;
Although she did not win a tournament until her sixth season on tour, she completed sixth on the LPGA money list in her fourth season with over $1 million in earnings in 2005. She placed in the top 10 in four back-to-back major championships from the 2005 LPGA Championship at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Instagram: Natalie kissing her championship cup;
Her first acknowledged win came at the 2007 Evian Masters in France. Regarded a sex symbol in the LPGA, she released a 2005 calendar, just before the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open, which featured her not only playing golf but also in stunning poses in swimwear.
The USGA banned it from being sold at the event, considering it inappropriate. In 2006, Gulbis started writing a monthly advice column in FHM. In November 2005 a reality TV show, “The Natalie Gulbis Show’, made its debut on The Golf Channel. Gulbis also has looked on the 2007 version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour by EA Sports.
In 2010, Natalie Gulbis also made her appearance in the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. Gulbis appeared in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue wearing only body paint.
She contracted malaria during the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament in Singapore in late February 2013 and missed a tournament while recovering. Gulbis also played in ANA Inspiration, Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, Women’s British Open, The Evian Championship.
Natalie Gulbis Personal Life
Natalie Gulbis is a happily married woman. Gulbis and her husband Josh Rodarmel has been married since December 2013. Her husband, Josh is a former Yale quarterback and former co-proprietor of the Power Balance arm bracelet.
Twitter: Natalie with her husband Josh Rodarmel;
After dating around a year the two engaged on July 2013 and at the same month their wedding date set in December in California. She shared photos of their wedding via social media accounts.
Prior that, she was in a relationship with a professional golfer, Dustin Johnson. However, Johnson had refused their relationship for several times. But, Natalie had talked about her affair with him in several of her interviews.
Natalie Gulbis Controversy
She has been dragged into controversies regarding her skimpy photo-shoots. Some instances include body paint photo shoot, for the calendar, etc.
Natalie Gulbis Net Worth
Natalie Gulbis has endorsement deals with McGladrey LLP, Adidas, Canon, SkyCaddie, MasterCard, Winn Golf Grips, Lake Las Vegas Resort, Lexus, EA Sports, etc.
Gulbis graced the first golfer to receive more than $1 million in a single season on the LPGA Tour in 2005, without winning during that season. Her estimated net worth has $4 million.