Marc Leishman has decided to withdraw from the 2015 Masters Tournament to be by the side of his sick wife.
There has been growing doubts that Marc Leishman would play in this week’s Masters Tournament after his wife Audrey became ill last week after a bout of severe pneumonia.
Related infections forced doctors to put her into an induced coma and doubts were realised when Ben Everill broke the news this morning that Leishman has decided to withdraw from the first major of the year.
Leishman released a statement regarding the withdrawal:
“It is with both deep regret and incredible relief I am withdrawing from the Masters tournament this week,” Leishman said.
“My wife Audrey has survived a life-threatening medical emergency and I have decided to remain by her side with our children during this difficult time.
“Thanks to an incredible team of doctors and nurses Audrey appears to be on the road to a full recovery and our two young children remain blessed to have the worlds best mum in their lives.
“I want to pass along our thanks to all who supported us through this difficult period.
“We ask that you keep Audrey in your thoughts and prayers and I wish my best to all of the competitors for a great 2015 Masters.”
While things have improved considerably since last week, Leishman has decided to be by his wife’s side this week.
The number of Australian’s in the field this week is now at five after Leishman’s withdrawal. Adam Scott, Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden and Antonio Murdaca will be teeing off later tonight Australian time.
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