Natalie Gulbis will return to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship after recovering from malaria.
Infected by a mosquito during the LPGA Thailand event, Gulbis withdrew after the first round the following week in Singapore. She hoped to return two weeks ago in Carlsbad at the Kia Classic, but was back in the doctor's office after a practice round.
''It's been a pretty rough month,'' Gulbis said Wednesday, a day before the start of play in the first major championship of the year. ''I've been trying to play, and then I'll fall back and rest for a couple of days, and then I try to play again, and I'm back to square one. Hopefully, I'm past that part and I'm doing better every day.
''I'm just so excited to be back. Not only to be back here in this event, but back playing golf. I mean, yesterday was the first time I've played 18 holes since Singapore, and I really missed being on the golf course.''
She was looking forward to playing in 90-degree heat at Mission Hills.
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