November 14 2013
By PGATOUR.COM Staff
Jarrod Lyle fought back on tears on the first tee at Royal Melbournce, then shot 72 in his first competitive round since February 2012. Lyle is making his comeback from a second bout with leukemia at this week's Australian Masters.
His opening tee shot found the left rough. He parred the hole, then made birdie at the par-5 second. Bogeys at Nos. 7-9 and 12 put him at 3 over par, but he made birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 before parring in. He is tied for 38th, seven shots behind leader Nick Cullen.
"It was a feeling I thought I would never experience again," Lyle said. "The emotions overtook me on the 1st tee. My dream is to come here and make the cut. After 12 holes things were looking grim but I fought like crazy."
Lyle hit 13 of 18 greens Thursday, but had 34 putts. This is his first tournament since he tied for 37th at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in February 2012.