“If I make a triple bogey on a par 4 or whatever it is out there, you know, it’s better than having a day’s worth of chemo.”
Jarrod Lyle will make a remarkable return to US professional golf this week when he tees it up on the Web.com tour at the Midwest Classic.
Jarrod Lyle was diagnosed with leukaemia for a second time in March 2012, just months before the birth of his first child. Just hours after his daughter Lusi Joy Lyle was born, he held her briefly before embarking on a bout of chemotherapy that meant he would be away from his family for the next three weeks.
After being confined to hospital for almost five months, and several rounds of treatment Lyle was informed that the cancer had gone into remission in late 2012.
Lyle’s return to professional golf at last year’s Australian Masters was incredible. Making the cut, Lyle showed everyone – and himself – that he can still compete and set about returning to the US professional tours.
Lyle has bought an RV to drive from tournament to tournament with his family. He will play three Web.com tournaments beginning this week before returning to the PGA tour in October where he will need to earn about $285,000 to keep his card.
“We’re excited about I call it “Fockering” around America, so it’s going to be exciting, mate.” Lyle said at a recent press conference. “We’re looking forward to doing it, and I just can’t believe they’ve let me get a bus to drive around.”
“Success for me at the moment is just to be able to play golf again.” Lyle said. “Whether that success leads to me keeping my status on the PGA Tour, that would be probably my ultimate goal because I’m a person who’s never kept my status on the PGA Tour.”
“If I make a triple bogey on a par 4 or whatever it is out there, you know, it’s better than having a day’s worth of chemo, so I think I can put things into perspective pretty well and just get on with life and get on with a bad round or get on with a good round. It doesn’t matter. I’m playing golf again.”