Date: May 21, 2014
Author: Golf Australia

Lyle steps up US preparation

r recently announcing his scheduled return to the Tour, Jarrod Lyle is stepping up his practice schedule in preparation for his return to the United States.

Lyle has set himself a challenge to increase the number of rounds he is playing during May.

"For the month of May, I have challenged myself to play as many rounds of golf at my local course (The Sands, Torquay) as I can. To date, I have played nine rounds in 20 days – which does not really compare to the workload on Tour, but is a lot more golf than I’ve been able to play since March 2012. I have surprised myself by shooting some good scores, including a 67 and a couple of 68s. It’s good to see my hard work finally coming to fruition," Lyle wrote on his new official website

Lyle, wife Briony and daughter Lusi will head back to the US in June for Lyle's 3 Tour starts in Kansas City, Springfield and Knoxville in July and August.

If those 3 events prove successful, Lyle has slated a PGA Tour return at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas in October.

"I have intentionally chosen Tour events in Kansas City, Springfield and Knoxville because each of these courses require players to be a bit more aggressive with their game, and hopefully I’ll be able to get a good idea of which parts of my game still need work. I also have great memories of Knoxville, Tennessee as I won around that course in 2008, so for me that is one event I really want to play again. In the past, winners have had to shoot around 23 under par to win in Springfield, and about 15 to 20 under to win in Knoxville. In my experience, players are hungry on the Tour and to compete in these events will give me a good indication of where my game is at. If all goes well, I hope to play on the PGA Tour again in October – although that is still a long way off," Lyle wrote on

"I can’t wait to have my daughter and my wife walking around watching me play golf. It’s something that I didn't know would happen again, but with the huge support of both of them I am nearly back there. I still have a long way to go, and lots of hard work to face before I will hopefully feel ready for life on Tour, but I am determined to do everyone proud and compete with the best in the world once again."