Natalie Gulbis, the 28-year-old ladies professional golfer, swimsuit model and television personality, has confirmed she is in a relationship with the PGA star DUSTIN JOHNSON, reports USA Today. Speculation began to intensify on Monday (9th January 2011) when Gulbis was spotted following Johnson around the Kapalua Golf Course in Hawaii.
Gulbis, who sparked controversy back in 2004 when she posed in swimwear for her own calendar and was later banned from selling it at golfing events by officials, confirmed the relationship yesterday, adding, "I'll let Dustin handle our PR". However, despite her claims, Johnson has declined to comment and he has pulled out of this week's Sony Open tournament. The golfer's agent DAVID WINKLE said that the 26-year-old had some "personal matters" to attend to back in South Carolina but it is not yet clear whether they concern Gulbis. The pair have known each other for several years and they are both coached by golf guru BUTCH HARMON, as well as sharing the same tour sponsor. Gulbis is one of the most lucrative female stars on the professional golf circuit and has secured endorsement deals with the likes of Adidas, Canon, MasterCard, EA Sports, TaylorMade, and Payment Data Systems.
The golfer and model was previously in a relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER and she began writing an advice column for FHM after posing for the magazine in 2006.