Cal golfer Michael Weaver wants just one gift on his 22nd birthday a week from Friday while playing in the Masters at Augusta, Ga.

"I want a tee time for Saturday," Weaver said. "I'm confident if I play well, I'll make the cut."

A junior in Cal's Haas School of Business undergraduate program, Weaver is the first golfer to earn a spot in the world's most prestigious tournament while still a Berkeley student.

Funny thing is, he isn't even rated the best golfer on Cal's top-ranked team.

"It's Michael Kim -- he's the No. 1 (college) player in the country right now," Weaver said. "He's won four times this year. Joel Stalter has won twice, Brandon Hagy has won once."

All three of those Golden Bears have been ranked No. 1 among NCAA golfers at one point this season, a distinction that has eluded Weaver.

But he's headed to the Masters, thanks to a runner-up finish last summer at the U.S. Amateur Championships.

Cal coach Steve Desimone said Weaver's teammates are excited for him.

"It's a dream come true," Desimone said. "I can guarantee you, we'll all be living and dying with every shot."

"Everyone hopes to be there at some point," Weaver said of his teammates. "It's just that I'll be there a little sooner."

Weaver, one of six amateur players in the field, added, "My goal is to make the cut and be low amateur."


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If Weaver captures the spotlight next week, he expects it will be for a different reason than last summer at the U.S. Amateur, where he missed a 5-foot putt that could have earned him the title, then lost on the first playoff hole.

Afterward, he was caught on video slamming his putter against his golf bag, a moment of frustration that most weekend duffers can understand. But the 12-second video wound up on YouTube, and Weaver was roasted on Twitter.

"It was the most disappointing 30-minute stretch I've ever had," he said. "I kind of regret doing it, but I learned. It bothered me at first, then I realized it was a lot of people that don't matter."

LPGA: Natalie Gulbis is returning to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship after recovering from malaria.

Infected by a mosquito during the LPGA Thailand event, Gulbis withdrew after the first round the following week in Singapore. She hoped to return two weeks ago in Carlsbad at the Kia Classic but was back in the doctor's office after a practice round.

"It's been a pretty rough month," Gulbis said Wednesday, a day before the start of play in Rancho Mirage in the first major championship of the year. "I've been trying to play, and then I'll fall back and rest for a couple of days, and then I try to play again, and I'm back to square one. Hopefully, I'm past that part and I'm doing better every day.

"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."

Gulbis won the 2007 Evian Masters for her lone LPGA Tour title.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.