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Golfer back after malaria setback

08 April 2013 12:43

Natalie Gulbis this week returned to the golf course after suffering malaria

Natalie Gulbis this week returned to the golf course after suffering malaria

An American golfer who suffered malaria after being bitten by a mosquito has returned to action.

Natalie Gulbis is back on the course, playing the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills after she was infected by a mosquito at an LPGA event in Thailand last month.

Reports initially suggested she was suffering flu-like symptoms but a joint statement from the LPGA and IMG - Gulbis' management team - confirmed she had malaria.

Gulbis' case of malaria highlights the importance of medical travel insurance , while anyone planning a golfing holiday should also remember to arrange sports travel insurance too.

The Nabisco is the tour's first major championship of the season, and the golfer said she was "excited" to be back.

She said: "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."