Date: April 21, 2014
Author: Golf Australia / Agencies

Lyle books US comeback

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle will fly to the United States in June ahead of several appearances on the secondary Tour in his pursuit of a return to the PGA Tour. The Australian, who has fought two battles with leukemia, will play three Tour events over four weeks in July and August. Lyle has chosen to compete at the Midwest Classic near Kansas City (July 24-27), the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper in Springfield, Mo. (Aug. 7-10) and the News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot in Knoxville, Tenn. (Aug. 14-17). Lyle was diagnosed with leukemia in 1999 at age 17 and suffered a recurrence in 2012. Currently, he has a PGA TOUR medical exemption. When he returns to the PGA TOUR, Lyle will have 20 events to earn US$283,825, which coupled with his 2012 earnings of $363,685, would equal No. 125 on the 2012 money list. Lyle, now 32, made 64 Tour starts between 2005-11, with his last full-time season in 2008. He finished fourth on the money list that year, winning in Mexico and the News Sentinel Open. He’s a fantastic individual. Everyone in the golf world is pulling for him, said News Sentinel Open tournament director Patrick Nichol, who got to know Lyle after his win in Knoxville, Tenn. Obviously (Lyle) would be a great thing for our tournament.