Marc Leishman came desperately close to claiming his first Major title when he lost in a playoff for the Open this year.
It was a tough defeat for Leishman. But it was nothing compared with what he had to deal with off the fairways in 2015.
In March this year, as Leishman was preparing for the Masters, his wife Audrey suffered an acute case of toxic shock from various bacterial infections, and which almost claimed her life.
Leishman was told his wife had a 5% chance of survival. Suddenly, missed putts mean very little in life.
"That was really tough. I didn't eat really for four or five days."
Leishman put everything on hold as he spent as much time by his wife's hospital bedside as he could, and then took care of his two young boys Oliver and Harvey in the evenings.
"Harvey understood when things weren't good. I couldn't say it to him - that his mom might not come home again - so I kept telling him she'll be home soon. That was one of the hardest things, trying to be positive when inside I knew (the outlook) wasn't. He saw a lot of things a three-year-old should never see."
Audrey finally recovered, but it has given Leishman and entirely new perspective on his career.
"A lot of people look at golf as life or death, but I've just been through that," he said.
The Australian makes his debut at Sun City as a golfer who had a strong amateur career before turning professional in 2005.
After making his way through the mini tours in America winning consistently, Leishman graduated to the PGA Tour in 2009.
With three top-10 finishes that year he became the first Australian to win the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award.
In June 2012 he won his first PGA Tour event when he came from six shots behind to claim the Travelers Championship with a final round of 62.
A year later he achieved his first top finish in a Major when he finished tied fourth in the Masters. In 2014 he finished tied fourth in the Open, and then this year he finished tied second when he lost in a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson for the Open.
But as Leishman says, the experience of nearly losing his wife has made anything that happens on the golf course far easier to handle.
"It really put things in perspective. You have your bad days on the course, or think it's a bad day then you go through something like this. Your life gets turned upside down. Three weeks ago it was looking like I was going to be done with golf.
"When Audrey first woke up the first thing she said was ‘I love you' and then said something like ‘I'm sorry about the Masters'. She got pretty upset. I told her not to worry about it, it's just golf. She and the boys are more important than golf."