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something he’s only been able to do once
before, in 2010.
“I got into all four Majors my second year on
tour in 2010, but that was the first time I had
played any of the Majors. So I wasn’t going in
with expectations. I was going to try to enjoy
them, especially considering your first Masters
is a pretty big week in your life,” he says.
Given he has a share of fourth at the Masters
and that heartbreaking extra holes loss to
Zach Johnson at the 2015 British Open at St
Andrews (a playoff that also included Louis
Oosthuizen), Leishman feels ready to win one
of the big ones.
“ That’s hopefully the next step,” he says.
“I’ll need to remember what I felt (at the
BMW), given I had such a big victory and it
was a quality field; how I dealt with a big lead
against the world’s best, learn from it and try
to knock that Major championship off.
“It’s nice to know when I’m playing well I’m
tough to beat. Majors are a time when not only
the golf world, but the whole sporting world
takes notice. The No.1 goal this year would be
to try to win one.”
A HOUSEHOLD NAME
Leishman knows full well that at the beginning
of 2017, only golf fans and educated sports
lovers knew anything more than his name.
“A lot of them had probably never heard of
me. They may have heard of me as that Aussie
golfer who pops up every now and then,”
Leishman says with a laugh. “Hopefully now
they realise I can perform on a big stage and
play well under pressure.
“I only closed out two tournaments this
year, but I felt when I get a sniff of contention
I get excited. When I was up there I was
contending, which was nice.”
The humble Warrnambool native says the
most rewarding outcome of being Australia’s
most dominant and consistent player on
the US Tour is giving fans in his homeland
another excuse to watch golf.
“Although I’ve got my life and my family
over here, my heart is still very much in
Australia ... I get a lot of feedback from
Australia when I play well – that people are
going to watch PGA Tour events because they
know me and that I’m playing well.
“ To give people a reason to get up early in
the morning and watch golf tournaments is
the most satisfying thing.”
In 2015, Marc Leishman had to withdraw
from the Masters on the eve of the
tournament when wife Audrey was
diagnosed with sepsis, a life-threatening
compilation of bacterial infections that
caused doctors to induce a coma. She was
given just a 5 percent chance of survival.
After pulling through, Audrey and
Marc – who live in Virginia Beach,
Virginia – started the Begin Again
Foundation to help families who have
gone through sepsis and toxic shock
In a brilliant case of serendipity,
Leishman asked fellow players at the
BMW Championship to wear a ribbon
on their hats to draw attention to the
fact it was Sepsis Awareness Month. He
won the event in wire-to-wire fashion at
Conway Farms Golf Club.
“ To be featured on the broadcast
leading the whole tournament has
created a lot of awareness. We can help
people but we can save people’s lives,”
“A lot of people don’t know what sepsis
is,” he says. “I didn’t know what it was
when Audrey got sick. I Googled it and
I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s not good.’
“If you can catch it early, it’s antibodies,
probably in the hospital for a day and
see you later. If you don’t catch it early
enough, there’s probably going to be
a funeral not too far down the road.
With early detection, it’s treatable most
of the time.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Having people believe
needed to start believing
in myself a bit more
– Marc Leishman
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