Natalie Gulbis Takes First LPGA Title in Playoff

LPGA Tour star Natalie Gulbis made headlines this weekend after capturing her first victory ever on the LPGA Tour. Gulbis, who has gained most of her fame from her annual swimsuit calendar, has been considered to be golf's Anna Kournikova.

However, Gulbis came through on Sunday at the Evian Masters in France with a 70, good enough to match South Korea's Jang Jeong for a 72 hole total of 284, 4 under par. In the first hole of the playoff, the 24 year old American birdied to knockout Jang.

Gulbis's Official Website was quick to add the "2007 Evian Masters" title to the site, which is likely the high point of her career. She has spent 6 years on the LPGA Tour, but has been unable to come through for her first victory despite generally good seasons. Fortunately, Gulbis has been an extremely marketable character with deals with Taylormade-Adidas, Winn, and others. Additionally, Gulbis was the star of the Golf Channel's "The Natalie Gulbis Show", a reality style program.

Gulbis, like Michelle Wie, enter the professional golf world at a young age. She became the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event at age 14, later broken by Michelle Wie when she was only 12. Best of all, Gulbis was the former girlfriend of the NFL's greatest quarterback, Pittsburgh Steeler Ben Roethlisberger.

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