Marc Leishman is hoping for success at Sony Open in Hawaii.
Marc Leishman is hoping for success at Sony Open in Hawaii. JULIAN SMITH

Family affair inspires Aussie golfer Leishman

GOLF: Marc Leishman is hoping his family can inspire him to his second PGA Tour win when the Sony Open begins in Hawaii on Friday (AEST).

Leishman's wife Audrey, who was given a 5% chance of survival after contracting toxic shock sydnrome in 2015, is is pregnant with the couple's third child.

The Australian is hoping that having the family with him in Hawaii can be the motivation to help him to his second Tour title after winning the Travelers Championship in 2012.

"Audrey is about 14 weeks along, so that's exciting,” Leishman said.

"So I need to try and play well as kids aren't cheap.

"My family is here this week and they've never been there when I've won a tournament, so that's a motivating factor.

"It'd be nice to be that guy who has his kids running out to him on the 18th green.”

A win at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu would also secure Leishman a place at the US Masters and the 33-year-old said that was also an inspiration as he looked to qualify for the first major of the year.

"Yeah, it's in the back of my mind for sure,” said Leishman.

"You want to be at Augusta in April, so you do think about it a little bit it.

"It definitely motivates you to try and get back there, especially when you've played well before.”

Leishman is joined by six other Australians in the field - Rod Pampling, John Senden, Greg Chalmers, Steven Bowditch, Cameron Smith and Cameron Percy.