Lyle facing third battle with cancer
July 25, 2017
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Surpassing All Odds: Jarrod Lyle
LYLE IN CANCER FIGHT AGAIN
Former PGA TOUR player Jarrod Lyle is facing his third fight against leukemia after being diagnosed back in his native Australia.
Lyle, 35, has begun chemotherapy at Royal Melbourne Hospital after once again contracting the disease he beat twice.
As he has done before, Lyle remains positive that he can once again beat the odds.
“I'm determined to be positive through this (as much as I can) so here is my last moment before the chemo is hooked up. Could be one of my last pics with a 'full' head of hair! #f**kcancer,” Lyle posted to his facebook page overnight.
Lyle was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia as a 17-year-old and was declared in remission two years later in 2000 from where he embarked on a successful professional golf career.
A two-time winner on the Web.Com Tour, Lyle also spent several seasons on the PGA TOUR and was in the form of his career when he suffered a relapse in 2012 and fought for his life at the same time his first daughter, Lusi, was born.
Having beaten cancer a second time, the Victorian returned to the TOUR in 2015 to use his medical exemption to win back a TOUR card but fell short.
He had since returned to Australia to be permanently with his wife Briony, Lusi and second daughter Jemma, born last year.
“Just another bump in my road. I will fight like no other,” he told PGATOUR.com before being officially diagnosed again.
Lyle had been planning to play events on the PGA Tour of Australasia and pro-ams around his home country, but will now take an indefinite break from his playing career.
“We are grateful to be surrounded by incredibly supportive people and we truly appreciate your consideration and respect for our privacy at this time,” a family statement read.
With advances in medical care the Lyle’s are cautiously optimistic.
"The doctor said today it is a curative intent. The aim is to provide some sort of a cure. They're still doing quite a few more tests. He will require another transplant and it does sound as if the technology has come a long way in the past five years,” wife Briony said.
"He's got a good track record and that's what everyone keeps reminding themselves. He's done it before, why not a third time. That's the goal."
Jarrod Lyle awarded PGA TOUR Courage Award