THE ROSAFORTE REPORT BY TIM ROSAFORTE
Jarrod Lyle’s plans for late July included taking delivery of his RV and getting on the road for Kansas City with wife Briony and
daughter Lusi along for the ride, cancer
in the rear-view mirror.
Two years after going through cancer
treatment for the second time, eight
months after an emotional return to the
game at the Australian Masters, Lyle
has fought off doubts about whether
he wanted to play competitively and is
staging a comeback.
“I’m back to where I was,” Lyle said
when we sat down recently at a restau-
rant near his home in Orlando. “I’m
ready to play golf again.”
The plan is to play three Web.com
Tour events in a four-week span start-
Lyle a gauge of where his game and
body are heading into the 2014-2015
season. These “rehab events” will not
count against the 20 PGA Tour starts
he gets in order to make $283,825
as part of a medical extension that
was granted in 2012 when he was
diagnosed with a recurrence of acute
“I don’t know if I have what it takes to
play golf out on tour, but I have got a lot
of guts and determination to get back
out there and do it,” he said.
Prior to the Australian Masters, Lyle
didn’t know if he wanted to be a pro
golfer again. He felt guilty seeing Briony
raise Lusi while he went through cancer
treatments, and wanted to spend all his
time with them, instead of pursuing his
Briony stepped up. “We were just
in limbo,” she said. “I was at the point
something had to give. Either he was go-
ing back to work, or he was going to stay
home with Lusi and I go back to work.
Having three of us around the house day
in and day out seemed pointless.”
That tough love resulted in Lyle com-
ing back on Nov. 14 at Royal Melbourne
GC, 45 minutes from Royal Melbourne
Hospital, where he began chemotherapy
and received donor blood transplanted
from umbilical cords shortly after Lusi’s
birth. Briony was induced so Jarrod
could hold his daughter before starting
his treatments in March 2012.
Lyle’s worst doubts came when he was
undergoing treatment. Because it was
his second time around with cancer, Lyle
knew the odds of being cured were longer than when diagnosed as a teenager.
The dosages were stronger, as were the
reactions in Lyle’s body and his mind.
Radiation treatments prevented Lusi
from sitting on his lap.
Lyle set to assess his game
BACK FROM HIS BATTLE WITH LEUKEMIA, THE AUSSIE MUST DE TERMINE IF PRO GOLF IS STILL FOR HIM