A Round With... Natalie Gulbis
The LPGA Tour's golden girl lifts a pint to talk beer, Butch and (someday) having babies.
You're a longtime brand ambassador for Michelob Ultra. That must make you popular with beer lovers.
Absolutely! You can always make friends when you have a beer sponsorship. [Laughs]
Beer and golf go hand-in-hand, but top-tier players tend to shy away from alcohol. Do you?
I have a confession: I've never had a drink and tried to play. But I know it's a huge part of the game, especially in pro-ams.
You're 32. Next year will be your 16th on the LPGA Tour—that's half your life!
I joined the tour when I was 18, after one year of college. I was fortunate that I got off to a good start, because it was not popular then [to turn professional so young], and I got a lot of negative feedback. Fortunately, players were great on tour, but I was really young to be out traveling.
Butch Harmon has been your swing coach since the beginning of your career. What makes him so effective?
Butch is incredibly positive and very patient. He's been a huge part of every bit of my success.
Speaking of success, in addition to your Evian victory in 2007, you played on three winning Solheim Cup teams. What did you think of the recent conceded-hole controversy between Suzann Pettersen and Alison Lee?
It's sad that [the controversy] is what's being talked about, instead of the USA's comeback. But Suzann apologized, and if you've got the player saying she wishes it went differently, that's all the answer you need.
Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam retired to focus on raising their families. You got married in 2013. Do you see yourself doing the same thing soon?
When I have kids, I will be stepping away. I know I want to be home, but I don't know how long it will take for me to have kids. So I'm going to keep playing until that happens.
You made your broadcast debut with Fox this year. That's a great second-career option.
I always like to try different things. But golf is always first. Nothing comes before golf!