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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 155 - The Open wrap
Greater riches await him at home, where his wife Audrey will open the door only months after Leishman was told she had almost no chance of living. In April she lay in an induced coma after toxic shock syndrome started shutting down her organs and doctors gave her a five per cent chance of surviving. As Leishman waited for what was expected to a heartbreaking goodbye, the 31-year-old was ready to give the game away forever as he and his two children contemplated life without their wife and mum. So when she miraculously pulled through, the family’s circumstances made titles and tee times seem awfully insignificant. Now in those critical moments, Leishman has plenty of perspective to take the edge off any nerves, which has, unsurprisingly, helped his game immeasurably. Since returning to the PGA Tour the Warrnambool native has posted three top 10 results, culminating in yesterday’s thrilling Masters showdown. As he faced a monumental nine-shot deficit heading into the back half of the tournament, he had little cause for concern. If he made up the ground, great. If not, no worries. “I feel like I’ve always had a pretty good outlook on life and now it takes a lot more to worry me,” Leishman said. “I don’t get annoyed about little things that I cannot really help. When you hit a bad shot there’s no real point getting frustrated about it.” “I feellikeevenifIdohaveabaddayIcan still go home and hopefully give my wife a hug and cuddle my two boys.” Leishman’s hometown can also take some of the credit for his mastery of the treacherous conditions that St Andrews threw up over the five days. Testing winds are an almost constant threat at Warrnambool Golf Club, where the world No.27 honed his craft. While things improved markedly in the final two rounds, he was able to hang in there long enough over the first two to make his weekend tilt possible. All this is not to say he wasn’t smarting slightly after coming up short in a playoff that he would have backed himself to win, and the coming months will tell us whether Leishman’s Open performance was an anomaly, rather than an arrival amongst the tour’s elite. It’s just that we all probably care about whether he wins more than he does. “It would have been nice to have a Claret Jug to drink out of, but I will find something else.” OTG “IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE A CLARET JUG TO DRINK OUT OF, BUT I WILL FIND SOMETHING ELSE.” WRAP
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