Date: July 24, 2014
Author: Golf Australia

All in place for Lyle’s US comeback

Nearly two and a half years since he last played in a professional golf event in the United States, Victorian Jarrod Lyle is preparing for a huge step in his recovery from a second battle with leukaemia this week.

The 32 year-old is in the field this week at the Midwest Classic on the Tour, the next step in his return to the PGA Tour after beating the disease for a second time.

"To get back out there is a massive achievement," Lyle said Monday in a pre-tournament press conference. "I’ve pushed myself hard enough to get back out there, and now the challenge is just to see how I do and whether I still have the passion for the game, which I think I do."

Lyle last teed it up on the PGA Tour at the OHL Mayakoba Classic in February 2012, when he tied for 37th – just a week after career-best tie for fourth at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.

Lyle’s schedule will now see him test his ability at a trio of events on the Tour, with starts scheduled at the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Missouri., and the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tennessee after this week's event in Kansas.

"I’ve targeted these three tournaments because they’re relatively close together, so traveling to them is not going to be too big of an issue," Lyle said. "Plus I’ve scheduled one week, then a week off, then two weeks, to see how I can cope with two weeks of golf in some pretty hot conditions.”

After undergoing successful chemotherapy in Australia to combat the return of the leukaemia, which first afflicted him at the age of 17, Lyle made his competitive return to golf in his native Australia at the Talisker Masters in Melbourne last November, where he made the cut.

Lyle plans to return to the PGA Tour for the 2014-15 season. When he does, the 32-year-old will be equipped with a major medical extension and will need to make $283,825 in 20 starts to reinstate his full-time playing privileges. 

"Everything I'm doing is planning for my return to the PGA Tour," Lyle said. "I'd love to be able to go out and hopefully knock off a couple good finishes."