On the eve of the 2015 Masters, you could have forgiven Marc Leishman for assuming the impending major was the most important thing in his life.
However, after his wife Audrey was rushed to the hospital while he was completing practice rounds at Augusta, losing a tournament was the last thing on his mind, because he nearly lost much more. Audrey was placed in a medically induced coma, suffering from toxic shock syndrome. After 96 hours and a number of experimental treatments, Audrey beat the odds and pulled through.
The near tragedy birthed a fresh perspective for Marc, and a new opportunity for the Leishmans. They have since started the Begin Again Celebrity Classic at Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach. The two day event featuring a Gala and 18 holes raises awareness and money for others suffering from similar medical conditions, and Marc, he’ll never forget that on the eve of this event or any other, the result doesn’t matter nearly as much as those you share it with. MORE
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – PGA TOUR professional Marc Leishman and wife Audrey hosted the third annual Begin Again Celebrity Classic presented by The Somers Jones Group and Merrill Lynch, a two-day event to help families in need in the Virginia Beach community and beyond.
“Since its inception, the Begin Again Foundation has received tremendous support and love from many and we couldn’t be more excited to show our appreciation as we host our Celebrity Classic for the third year,” says Marc Leishman. “This year, we have so much to share that our past one-day event has turned into two as we showcase why we do what we do.” MORE
VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) – Marc and Audrey Leishman’s story has resonated throughout the sports world. Audrey’s near-death experience from Toxic Shock Syndrome inspired her and her PGA Tour husband to start the “Begin Again” Foundation, which provides financial aid to families facing medical hardships.
A number of star athletes and other celebrities decided to lend a helping hand to the Leishman’s cause, and made the trip to Bayville Golf Club for the couple’s third annual “Begin Again” Celebrity Classic. MORE
There’s a universal refrain shared at Augusta National Golf Club this week, from players and patrons to media and members: We’re lucky to be here.
Few, however, understand that more palpably than Australian golfer Marc Leishman.
“This time last year, everything was normal,” Leishman said before Masters Week. “My wife got sick the week before the Masters. It’ll be interesting to see how it feels going back there for the first time, because that’s where I got the call when I was there the week before for practice rounds.”
A year ago, Leishman left Augusta National in the wee hours after getting an emergency call from his wife, Audrey. His entire world was crashing down when she was barely clinging to life in a Virginia Beach, Va., hospital with toxic shock syndrome. He wasn’t sure he’d ever be back. MORE
VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — This time last year, Marc Leishman was in Augusta preparing to play in the Masters. That’s when he received a phone call to return home to Virginia Beach. His wife Audrey had been hospitalized.
“It turned out she got put straight into ICU and things went downhill from there,” Marc Leishman said.
Audrey was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress and toxic shock syndrome. Her organs were shutting down and she was placed in a medically induced coma.
“I basically got told without saying it that she was going to die,” Leishman said.
Doctors gave Audrey a five percent chance to live, but after a couple days in a coma, Audrey began to improve.
“I think about where I was and what could have happened,” Audrey said. “I know that it is pretty much nothing short of a miracle.” MORE
Marc, a PGA Tour golfer, had raced home from Augusta, Georgia, where he was practicing for the Masters. Audrey was in the ICU at Sentara Princess Anne and it already appeared too late.
Through a haze of fear, fatigue and heartbreak, Marc heard the pulmonologist say his wife’s best hope – her only hope, really – was a medically induced coma.
“They said we have to do this right now or she’ll die,” he says. “It was her best chance, but the chances still were not good.”
They were worse than not good. They were 5 percent. Audrey, a healthy, vibrant mother of two young boys, was dying of toxic shock syndrome and acute respiratory distress. Her organs were failing. Her lungs were so full of fluid that she rattled as she breathed on the ventilator. MORE
With a third of the team hailing from these shores there will be no questioning the Australian contribution to the 11th Presidents Cup which gets underway in Korea tomorrow.
Spearheaded by the Internationals’ highest ranked player, Jason Day, there are three automatic qualifiers and a Captain’s Pick representing Australia over the four days and they will be expected to contribute plenty both on and off the course.