The affable Australian knows this from experience, having been forced to withdraw from the 2015 edition at Augusta National after almost losing his wife to toxic shock syndrome, a rare respiratory condition.

Audrey Leishman was given a five percent chance of surviving, leaving her husband mentally preparing to quit the PGA Tour and return to Australia to raise his children as a single father.

It's history now that Audrey recovered, but Leishman will never forget the harrowing ordeal.

But with the experience, came a fresh perspective on life and golf that leaves Leishman relaxed every time he returns to Augusta for Masters week.

"Seven years ago now. Seven years ago this week, so this is a pretty special week every year to be back here," the father of three said.


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"I've always had a pretty good perspective, and I think when you go through something like that, it makes it better possibly.

"It's just nice knowing that golf is not life and death and we've lived life and death – and it's not fun.

"A bad day on the golf course is also not fun, but you can go home to your wife and kids, and that makes it pretty special."

The 38-year-old's real life-and-death encounter has also freed Leishman up on the course.

"It helps with the nervous factor – I'm pretty lucky, I'm not really a nervous person. I don't have to deal with that so I just enjoy the week," he said.

"It's just golf, but it's obviously a golf tournament that I really want to win." - Marc Leishman.

"If you do play well, it's awesome. If you don't play well, it's not like you're going to be shot at the end of the day or anything, hopefully.

"So it's just golf, but it's obviously a golf tournament that I really want to win."

And a tournament that Leishman hasn't been an awfully long way from winning in the past.

A serial contender around Augusta, the six-time PGA Tour winner boasts two top-five finishes, an eighth and a 13th place from his previous nine starts.

He has held the first and second-round leads and entered several Sundays in contention, including last year.

Leishman hopes this is finally the year to snare a green jacket and, like everyone, says it's even better if Tiger Woods is back in the mix.

"Any tournament that he is in, he brings a lot to it," Leishman said.

"Not that this needs any extra, but a Masters with Tiger is always a good one.

"If you do happen to win it, it's nice if he is in the field, and he is always hard to beat."