September was “Sepsis Awareness Month,” and Leishman thought about doing something at the TPC Boston until the country was consumed over relief efforts for Houston from Hurricane Harvey. So they waited two weeks for the BMW Championship, handing out ribbons for the players to wear on their caps. Everyone went along.

And then he opened with a 62 on his way to a wire-to-wire, five-shot victory.

It led to Leishman finishing at No. 6 in the FedEx Cup, a breakthrough for someone who had never finished better than 20th. And when the new year started, his two victories enabled him to reach a No. 12 ranking, the highest in the world for an Australian.

“To play like I did, to win the BMW with everyone wearing ribbons, it was impeccable timing,” he said. “It raised awareness, not just for the foundation for us to raise money, but to get the word out there. People might not have heard of sepsis. And if you don’t know the symptoms, you can’t treat it.”

His boys, ages 5 and 4, were with him at the BMW Championship along with their infant sister, Eva. And they have accompanied him to Hawaii, where he began his second Sentry Tournament of Champions by opening with a 67 for a one-shot lead after the opening round.

“Hopefully, I can keep it going and see where we end up Sunday night,” he said.

His next target is to crack the top 10 in the world, perhaps even break through in a major. He came close in 2013 at the Masters when Adam Scott became the first Aussie in a green jacket. Not long after his wife was home from the hospital and headed for a recovery, he lost in a playoff in the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews.

For now, life has never been better.

Leishman is at Kapalua for the tournament reserved only for PGA Tour winners, and the foundation already has helped more than 700 families and is growing.