Marc Leishman has been a regular performer on the PGA Tour for over 10 years, claiming multiple titles including the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational and BMW Championship.
Throughout the Australian's successes, he has had his wife, Audrey, by his side, with the pair meeting before Leishman made it onto the PGA Tour. Get to know her here.
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The pair first met in a bar in Williamsburg, Virginia. Leishman was playing in a Korn Ferry Tour Monday qualifier in the area, whilst Audrey was with friends before going to a concert.
“I'd had a few beers when I got the courage to go off and talk to her,” Marc told PGATour.com. “It was a pretty quiet bar, and we just hit it off while I was drinking beers.”
The pair married in 2010 and have gone on to have three children - Harvey, Oliver and Eva, with Leishman having the names and initials of his wife and children stamped on his wedges.
Five years after the couple got married, Audrey fell extremely ill with doctors suspecting it was sepsis. However, it also turned out that Audrey had suffered a toxic-shock syndrome, a rare, life-threatening complication of certain bacterial infections.
She also had an acute respiratory distress syndrome, which occurs when fluid builds up in the small, elastic air sacs in the lungs. Audrey was actually put into an induced coma that lasted four days to pinpoint the illnesses.
Marc, who at that time was preparing for The Masters, flew home immediately. “All I remember was a number of hanging antibiotic bags, with fluids being injected into her,” Leishman said. “Eventually, we were told it was too late. They told us she was going to die. But, somehow, she survived. It happened very quickly. We were lucky with the doctors we had, because they knew about sepsis and could respond accordingly.”
Following the terrible ordeal, the pair formed the Begin Again Foundation in 2016, which aims to save lives through sepsis and toxic shock syndrome education and awareness, provide financial assistance to survivors and families, and support communities during times of crisis.
“That was the main motivation behind starting the Begin Again Foundation,” Audrey said. “We help sepsis survivors, toxic shock survivors and acute respiratory distress syndrome survivors with $1,000 grants.”
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As well as forming the Begin Again Foundation, in 2016, the couple also created Leishman Lager. It is sold in Virginia Beach and a portion of the profits go to the Foundation.
“Our relationship did start in a bar, so it's pretty cool that we now have this to support what was a pretty rough time,” said Marc. “We’ve brought something really good from it. The families that we're helping, it can save them from losing their house, or it can help them just think about getting well rather than how they're going to pay the electricity bill in the middle of winter. It's awesome.”
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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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