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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Winner: Marc Leishman

Around the wider world of golf: Anna Nordqvist held off all challengers to win the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on the LPGA; Hae Rym Kim won the SGF67 World Ladies Championship on the LET/CLPGA/KLPGA; Tom Lehman charged from behind to win the Tucson Conquistadores Classic on the Champions Tour; and bad weather shortened the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica's Guatemala Stella Artois Open to an unofficial 18-hole event, so the purse was split equally among all the participants and no winner was named.

Marc Leishman and Family with the API trophy

As Sam Saunders chatted with Mike Tirico early during Sunday's coverage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the coverage momentarily switched to Marc Leishman putting out. Sam noticed it and mentioned that he thought people should watch Leishman very closely because, as he put it, Australians do very well around Bay Hill.

He couldn't have been more accurate. Leishman's putter got hot and, deftly wielding some straight drives and clever short game shots, he calmly cruised past leaders Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman and Rory McIlroy to post the winning score... and wait.

It was a noisy wait. Apparently young Harvey Leishman wanted a trophy to keep up with his friend Dash Day, and you could hear the questions as soon as Marc finished: "Did you win a trophy, Daddy? Did you? Can we get it now? Can we?"

Young Harvey did eventually get his wish, as you can see in the photo above. It was Marc's second PGA Tour win but the first his family was able to witness firsthand. It was especially gratifying since it got Marc an invite to the Masters -- something he had to turn down a couple of years ago when his wife Audrey nearly died from toxic shock syndrome. Do you remember that? She was touch-and-go for around a year after that.

As you can see from the photo above, Audrey is doing much better these days. She and Marc are expecting a daughter in three or four months. But Marc doesn't have to wait for his latest Limerick Summary. Yes, Sam, this Australian did VERY well at Bay Hill!
Sam called it: Australians do well
At Bay Hill. Good putting will tell
The tale on slick greens—
And it gave Marc the means
To emerge from the pack and prevail.
The photo came from the event news page at PGATOUR.com.

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