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.