Natalie Gulbis and Dustin Johnson: Is a First Couple Good for the Sport?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2011

Natalie Gulbis is dating Dustin Johnson but he wouldn't admit it.
Natalie Gulbis is dating Dustin Johnson but he wouldn't admit it.Stanley Chou/Getty Images

Natalie Gulbis and Dustin Johnson are an item these days.

They're burning up the Internet. There's nothing better than a good sports romance, is there?

Golf hasn't had one in, well, who knows how long?

D.J. and Natalie, there they were out in Maui, the shapely Ms. Gulbis, one of those can't-miss members of the Johnson gallery at the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua.

This is the first PGA Tour-LPGA Tour romance between two high-profile players since, since, well, not sure there's ever been one of this stature.

Both are students of Butch Harmon, and it seems they started something when they played together in the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge, and yes, they both are high-profile members of the TaylorMade staff.

"I'll let Dustin handle our PR," chirped the shapely Gulbis when asked about her new beau.

All they could get out of D.J. was a quirky "no comment."

No comment?

Geez dude, is that the best you can do when you land Natalie Gulbis?

If Johnson can't comment on landing women's golf's resident hard-body, then maybe someone needs to drop him back in that bunker that he didn't know was a bunker at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Obviously, Johnson needs some help; how about:

"Oh yeah, Natalie and I are having a blast out here. You should've seen the bulging eyes down there on the beach when she showed up in her new bikini!"

or

"Absolutely we're dating. Doesn't matter that I blew a major last year at the PGA; Natalie is MAJOR girlfriend material."

or

"Yeah, Natalie's here with me. We're an item. You know, the women's tour doesn't do anything in January, so she's got time on her hands, so I invited her out here. It's a blast, she's great, she's a lot of fun."

or

"I took one look at her calendar, and I HAD to ask her out. One thing led to another, and here we are in Maui, having the time of our lives. I hope she'll hang out with me this year. She's knows the difference between a bunker and a sandy area."

Yes, Dustin Johnson and Natalie Gulbis are good for golf. They've got people talking that don't normally give a hoot about the game.

The LPGA sure needs the exposure, that's for sure. The PGA Tour needs someone to keep Johnson in line.

Golf's first couple?

Not sure golf ever had a first couple.

Barbara Nicklaus never liked to play golf, and when asked, she had a good reason:

"One frustrated golfer in the family is enough," said the wife of Jack Nicklaus.

Gulbis and Johnson?

Good for TMZ, good for golf and after what happened at the PGA Championship, Gulbis is good for Johnson.

Maybe he's not so dumb after all.

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