Gulbis out of HSBC Champions with illness

American golfer Natalie Gulbis underwent blood tests on Saturday
after withdrawing from the HSBC Women’s Champions with an
unspecified illness her instructor initially suspected could be
malaria.

Gulbis pulled out of the $1.4 million event before the second
round on Friday with flu-like symptoms.

Shortly afterward, her instructor, Bruce Harmon, tweeted that
both she and South Korean golfer Se Ri Pak, who withdrew from the
tournament before it began with an illness, were in the hospital
with malaria.

LPGA spokesperson Kelly Thesier said Saturday, however, that Pak
does not have malaria and Gulbis has yet to be diagnosed. She said
Gulbis has undergone blood tests but has not been hospitalized.

Gulbis shot an opening-round 75 on Thursday before
withdrawing.