Leishman returns to action after wife's health scare

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Marc Leishman will return to competition this week at the Zurich Classic after a health scare nearly cost his wife, Audrey, her life.

Leishman was on-site at Augusta National two weeks ago when Audrey checked herself into an urgent care clinic on March 31 because her flu-like symptoms had worsened. She was diagnosed with a combination of acute respiratory distress and toxic shock syndrome, and was quickly placed into a medically-induced coma.

The Aussie opted to withdraw from the Masters to be by her side, and he watched as Audrey battled back despite facing some grave odds.

"It wasn't looking good for her survival. It was shattering. The toxic shock syndrome started shutting down all of her organs," Leishman told the AAP. "We were told her chances for survival were at five percent."

With his wife now recovering at their home in Virginia, Leishman is back in action at TPC Louisiana. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Jerry Kelly and Nicholas Thompson, equipped with a new outlook on the game he has played professionally since 2005.

"This certainly puts things into perspective," Leishman said. "If you make a bogey, who cares, they happen, just fight back best you can."

Leishman has one top-10 finish in nine starts this season, a ninth-place showing at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November. He missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his most recent start and recorded his lone PGA Tour win at the 2012 Travelers Championship.