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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 143
T HERE are times when golf seems like the most trivial pursuit in the world. For Marc Leishman, that feeling might be floating around for the next little while. Sure, there’ll be times when he’s in the hunt at a tournament and becomes 100 per cent absorbed in that next shot. But once he walks off the course, none of it really matters. That missed putt? Doesn’t matter. That bogey at 18? Who cares. Because when it all boils down, his wife Audrey is alive, and that does matter. Just weeks ago Audrey was given almost no chance of living after she developed an infection that at first presented as flu symptoms, but soon filled her lungs with fluid and caused her other organs to begin failing from toxic shock. Doctors put her in a medically induced coma and told Leishman to prepare for the worst, as only five per cent of patients survived after their health had declined as far as hers. Nothing could prepare anyone for that news, and Leishman was fully ready to give the game away and prepare for life as a dad for his two boys, both aged under three. Golf was the furthest thing from his mind, and it’s only in recent days, as his brave wife remarkably won her battle with the insidious illness and returned home, that he began to consider his playing future again. Leishman was a transformed man as he attended the Zurich Classic’s pro-am in his return to the PGA Tour, and said the ups and downs of professional golfing life already seemed a little petty and insignificant. “Definitely, a bogey is obviously still frustrating, but it’s been well and truly put into perspective in terms of how quickly your life can be turned upside down,” he said. “This time probably three weeks ago, I thought I might not have been able to be back out here, to be honest. It was looking like I was going to be a "I THOUGHT I MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BE BACK OUT HERE, TO BE HONEST. IT WAS LOOKING LIKE I WAS GOING TO BE A STAY-AT-HOME DAD AND KIND OF HANG THE CLUBS UP.”
OTG Express 142
OTG Express 144