Natalie Gulbis, the 28-year-old ladies professional golfer, model, and television personality, has confirmed she is dating the PGA star DUSTIN JOHNSON, reports USA Today. Gulbis was pictured at the Kapalua Golf Course yesterday (9th January 2011) where her new beau was competing.
After confirming that she and Johnson are an item, Gulbis added, "I'll let Dustin handle our PR". The golfer and model, who was previously in a relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER, is currently recovering from back surgery. She caused controversy in 2004 after releasing her own calendar shortly before the US Woman's Open. Some of the images included the golfer posing in swimwear and the United States Golf Association banned it from being sold at the event, deeming that it was inappropriate material. However, the 28-year-old was unperturbed and she posed for FHM in November of that year before beginning to write a monthly advice column for the magazine in 2006. Her rise to fame has seen Gulbis secure a number of lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Adidas, Canon, MasterCard, EA Sports, TaylorMade, and Payment Data Systems. In 2009, she appeared in the second season of the reality show 'Celebrity Apprentice' to raise money for her chosen charity.
Johnson is considered to be one of the most promising young talents in the game, and he went close to winning both the US Open and the PGA Championship in 2010. The 25-year-old's total career earnings are estimated to be around $7.5 million.