5. Original Gulbis Swimsuit Calendar 'Banned' by USGA
The calendar was released in 2004 and covered the 2005 calendar year. It featured "glamour shots" of Gulbis, including multiple photos of her in swimsuits. According to Gulbis, the USGA ordered "six or seven" cases of the calendar with plans to offer it in merchandising tents during the 2004 U.S. Women's Open. After all, Gulbis' 2003-for-2004 calendar - which featured only on-course golf shots - had sold out quickly.
But when USGA officials opened those cases and saw that the calendar included some sexy shots of the golfer, they decided to withdraw it from sale during the Women's Open.
The USGA's decision against selling it, however, didn't prevent the calendar from setting sales records. The calendar - and the attention it got - helped turn Gulbis into a major star on the LPGA tour.
Want to see some of the swimsuit pics from the calendar? Of course you do! Go to the Natalie Gulbis Glamour Shots photo gallery, which includes several images from that original calendar.
6. Finally, A Win for Natalie Gulbis
That first victory finally came on July 29, 2007 at the Evian Masters. Gulbis claimed one of the highest-dollar tournaments on the LPGA Tour. She did it by winning a playoff over Jeong Jang, birdying the first extra hole.
Gulbis was asked in the post-tournament press conference what this first victory means to her. "What does it mean?" she replied. "How long do you have?"
Gulbis was only 22 years old at this point, and it appeared this victory would be the first of many more to come. It hasn't worked out that way. Back problems cropped up, and while Gulbis remains a solid pro who occasionally gets into contention, she hasn't yet been able to add win No. 2.