Wife’s health scare gives Leishman new outlook on golf

By Scott Michaux |

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

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