True fairy­tale for Leish­man

Daily Mail - - Cricket - derek.lawren­son@dai­ly­mail.co.uk

AUS­TRALIAN Marc Leish­man might not have been ev­ery­body’s idea of a dream winner of such an emo­tional edi­tion of the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional but he cer­tainly com­pleted his own per­sonal fairy­tale on Sun­day. Just un­der two years ago the 33-year-old un­der­went a night­mare no one should have to en­dure. Re­turn­ing home from Au­gusta to a wife he thought was suf­fer­ing from flu, he dis­cov­ered she had been rushed to hospi­tal suf­fer­ing from toxic-shock syn­drome, was in a coma, and had been given just a five per cent chance of sur­vival. ‘I was the fa­ther of two young boys and

yes, I did won­der how I would be able to cope,’ he con­fessed. Hap­pily, his wife Au­drey came out of the coma and man­aged to over­come those grotesque odds. Six months ago she was finally given the all-clear by a doc­tor spe­cial­is­ing in in­fec­tious dis­eases. On Sun­day at Bay Hill, Leish­man com­pleted a stir­ring fin­ish over the fi­nal three holes by sink­ing a nerver­ack­ing three-foot putt on the last. His two boys had been bad­ger­ing him as to why he hadn’t won tro­phies like Ja­son Day and, well, here was his an­swer. And by the side of the green was Au­drey, pos­i­tively ra­di­ant and vis­i­bly preg­nant with their third child. Yes, a fairy­tale end­ing at Arnie’s place, and no mis­take.

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Fam­ily time: the Leish­mans cel­e­brate

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