Wife's health gave API winner Leishman perspective

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three feet from victory Sunday, Marc Leishman thought about his son’s nagging question.

For the past year, his 5-year-old son, Harvey, has asked, “Daddy, why don’t you ever win a trophy?”

It wasn’t for a lack of effort, of course. Leishman has desperately tried to snap a five-year winless drought. He nearly won two majors during that span, at the 2013 Masters and 2015 Open. He has been in final-round contention in all but one tournament this year. No trophy, though, and so the questions continued.

It didn’t help that Jason Day won eight times over the past two seasons, and each time was bum-rushed on the 18th green by his two young kids, Dash and Lucy.

“Hey, why can’t I run out on the green?” Harvey asked. 

And so the kid wasn’t about to miss out Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, even though the end result was still in doubt. He and brother Oliver, 3, raced onto the green to congratulate their dad, who had pitched to 3 feet and made the slippery par putt to post 11-under 277.

When neither Kevin Kisner nor Charley Hoffman made a closing birdie to tie, Leishman scooped up his kids in a bear hug to celebrate the long-awaited title.

“You won, Daddy!” Harvey squealed. “Let’s go get the trophy!”

This Arnold Palmer Invitational meant so much more than just the shiny silver trophy.

Two years ago, Leishman was told that his wife, Audrey, had a 5 percent chance of surviving after a series of infections put her in a medically induced coma.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 20 Mar 2017 11:39:24

 



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