SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Her caddie, Greg Sheridan, was the first to grow alarmed at her growing list of symptoms. Something seemed definitely off about Natalie Gulbis’s condition.
They were in Sentosa, Singapore, in the first round of the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament at the end of February, and after Gulbis dragged her way through 75 shots, tired and delirious, Sheridan voiced his concern. He drove Gulbis to the emergency room.
“I had a fever of about 107,” Gulbis said.
In Singapore, doctors treated her for flulike symptoms, and she returned to the United States feeling well enough to think she might be able to play in the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Nev. After a practice round, she returned to the hospital, unable to shake her fever. Blood tests revealed a diagnosis she never could have imagined: malaria.