Marc Leishman is hoping to build on his good form when he tees off in the British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Marc Leishman is hoping to build on his good form when he tees off in the British Open at Royal Birkdale. Maddie Meyer

Leishman eyes Open after his 'miracle' lift

GOLF: Australian Marc Leishman is hoping his improved situation off the course will translate to success on it when he tees off in the first round of the British Open tonight.

Wife Audrey has just given birth to the couple's third child - a little girl they are calling their "miracle baby".

Audrey had been given a five per cent chance of survival when suffering toxic shock syndrome in April 2015. It was a harrowing time for the family but the road to recovery culminated in the delivery of little Eva on July 6.

"I didn't think we would have more kids. Two years ago I didn't think I'd have a wife," Leishman said following a practice round at Royal Birkdale.

"Audrey's done really well to get back to where she is. Now we've got a little girl we call our miracle baby."

If he can somehow get his hands on the Claret Jug on Monday morning (Australian time), Leishman will dedicate the win to his wife.

"She is pretty much in the clear so as family we're really happy," the world No.34 said.

"I'm a real believer that when you have a good balance between golf and life, and you're happy off the course, you'll play your best on the course.

"The results on course this year have shown that."

Leischman won the the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and finished equal fifth at the Quicken Loans National earlier this month.

The Victorian finished equal second at the Open in 2015, despite the worry surrounding his wife at the time, losing out by a stroke to winner Zach Johnson at St Andrews, and was fifth in 2014 at Hoylake.

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