‘My wife nearly died while I was playing the Masters’

By Mark Cannizzaro

AUGUSTA, Ga. — For those fortunate enough to make the drive down Magnolia Lane, it’s a special and memorable experience.

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For Marc Leishman, the drive down the iconic, narrow, tree-lined lane that leads to the fabled Augusta National clubhouse on Monday was like none he had ever taken.

Leishman, the 32-year-old Aussie, has made the drive before, having played the 2010, 2013 and 2014 Masters. But this one was different. It’s deeper and more meaningful.

A year ago, Leishman was forced to flee Augusta National on the eve of the Masters when he received word that his wife, Audrey, had been hospitalized with potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome. MORE

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