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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 143
stay-at-home dad and kind of hang the clubs up.” Though he admitted he was more than a little rusty, Leishman, who hadn’t played since missing the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational more than a month ago, said turning a few balls over was exactly what he and his family needed. “To be back out here, back on a golf course, is pretty relaxing, pretty therapeutic, I’d say, at the moment,” he said. “You never know what can happen but I’m not expecting a whole lot, really. It would ne nice to just knock the rust off.” The Australian star managed to shoot 6-under in the pro-am, before opening with a two over 74. But he rode a hot putter in the second round to roar back into contention, getting to 10 under par for the round through 17 holes, only to have bad weather halt his momentum. He finished with a 63 and rounded out the event with 70-67 to finish tied for 28th place. But he could have shot 15-over and been on a Friday plane home and it wouldn’t have mattered one iota. Seeing his wife and kids is the only prize he needs, for now. OTG THERE have been few scenes in sport that were as emotional as Phil Mickelson’s third Masters victory in 2010. Waiting for him as he sunk the winning putt was his wife Amy, who summoned the strength to be there for Mickelson’s big moment, despite the fact that she’d been battling breast cancer for 11 months and had to summon enormous strength to make it to Augusta. Weeks later at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, the course was flooded with pink in support of Amy, as both players and patrons banded together for the Tour’s first “pink out” day. MANY years have elapsed since Appleby lost his wife Renay when a car at London’s Waterloo Station hit her in 1998, but the memories are still raw. He’s spoken of the accident that killed her only a handful of times in the years since, and he showed remarkable strength to pull out his clubs and play the PGA Championship just three weeks after she was taken from him. MATT Kuchar’s caddie Lance Bennett couldn’t have been more surprised at the outpouring of support that flowed his way when his wife died during an epileptic seizure last year. He had no idea people knew who he was, let alone cared enough to want to help him through the toughest period of his life. “I never knew people cared that much,” Bennett said as he picked up Kuchar’s clubs again for the Ryder Cup.“It has really humbled me to the point where I’m still in shock." Players wore orange ribbons in her honour at the Deutsche Bank event. FAMILY FIRST THE PGA TOUR HAS LONG CONSIDERED ITSELF A FAMILY. HERE ARE A FEW OCCASIONS WHERE IT HAS RALLIED BEHIND ITS PLAYERS.
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