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Golf Australia Express : Issue 34
stAt tHE The NumBeRs DoN’T lIe... TenyeARS ago californian-born natalie Gulbis burst onto the world golf stage with million-dollar smile, swimsuits and a weird looking golf swing. And for the first six years of her career, her performance on course was as hot as her calendar work at beautiful beaches. In 2005 Gulbis’s golf game was booming to the tune of more than $1 million in prizemoney, finishing 6th on the money list with 12 top 10s that season. Two years later she won her one and only LPGA Tour title— the 2007 evian Masters. It was during those productive years Gulbis became known for consistently racking up strong performances with a steady game off the tee and into the green. In a breakout 2005 season, Gulbis averaged 74.90 % in driving accuracy and 70.90% in greens in regulation. but things quickly went south after 2007. In the following four seasons, Gulbis managed just three top 10s in total. Last season, in particular, was a shocker for the 29-year-old. with a best finish of T15, Gulbis’s game appeared gone as she endured her worst season on Tour, earning just $176,337 from 21 starts. now knocking on the door of 30, the bodypaint-wearing specialist is showing signs of getting back to her best golf. After seven starts this season she has found the fairways and greens with the regularity of her best season. She’s also posting top 10s again, which include a T8 at the kraft nabisco four weeks ago and a T9 at the Mobile bay classic last week. If she keeps this up, LPGA Tour win number two will be just around the corner. OTG Moving Up: Natalie Gulbis Year Starts Top 10s money list driving accuracy greens in reg 2012 7 2 $102,880 (32) 75.40% 71.30% 2011 21 0 $176,337 (51) 69.40% 65.60% 2005 26 12 $1,010,514 (6) 74.90% 70.90%