Granted, The Masters pales in comparison to having a healthy family after Marc Leishman's wife nearly died two years ago. But given his previous play there in 2013 and newfound security thanks to a healthy family, Leishman will be Australia's strongest hope not named Day or Scott.
Jason Sobel at ESPN.com with the backstory on Arnold Palmer Invitational winner Leishman.
Two years ago this month, Leishman was at Augusta National, preparing for the upcoming Masters Tournament, when his wife, Audrey, started experiencing flu-like symptoms.
She went to an urgent care clinic. When her fever and vomiting progressed to shortness of breath and decreased blood pressure, she was rushed to a hospital. They hooked her up to a ventilator and other machines. The doctors struggled to pinpoint the problem.
Her conditioned worsened. She could barely stay awake, a side effect of the medications. Eventually, doctors determined she was suffering from toxic shock syndrome, a manifestation of multiple bacterial infections. She had fluid in her lungs. Her organs completely shut down.
Doctors induced Audrey into a coma. She was given a 5 percent chance to live.
Marc sat with her. He cared for their boys. He cried a lot; he stopped eating; he lost 10 pounds. He certainly didn't play any golf. He felt helpless.
Ryan Lavner for GolfChannel.com:
The traumatic experience gave Leishman a much-needed dose of perspective on a tour full of charmed existences.
“It makes golf less important,” he said. “It’s not life and death. We have been in that situation and it’s not fun.”
Leishman’s hard-earned victory was a fitting end to an emotional week that was always going to be about more than birdies and bogeys.
The winner's cardigan proved a great touch:
The final round highlights from PGA Tour Entertainment.