Quotes: Lyle talks after returning to playing golf
July 24, 2014
- Jarrod Lyle had four birdies, 14 pars and zero bogeys en route to a first round 67 at the Midwest Classic. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
• On missed short birdie putts on Nos. 16 and 18: "I’m just putting it down to rust. It’s just one of those things when you haven’t played in a long time you start seeing things on the greens that aren’t there or you don’t see things that are there."
• "It’s close to being really good. I’m happy with 4 under today and it’s something to build on. It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be at the start of the week."
• "It has been very tough but I’ve had a lot of support behind me through every Tour in the world. Friends, family and everybody got behind me and helped push me along to get back to this point."
• "I’m lucky I can still stand here and play golf again. I want to make the most of the second opportunity, almost my third opportunity I’ve had now at playing golf and try to do as good as I can."
• "I think it was my wife and my daughter that gave me that little bit of an edge that I needed to keep fighting. It’s nice to have this career to fall back on. I always said through my treatment that if I never hit another golf shot I could walk away from the game and be happy."
• "I wasn’t going to live or die by playing golf. I live and die by my family."
• "Boring golf is good. I don’t mind boring golf. Fairways and greens. If you keep making pars you’re not going to do yourself any harm."
• "I don’t think I’m going to do anything this afternoon. Maybe go and hit 10 putts and go home. I’m happy with where my golf game is at. It’s nice to see some good shots and some reward for the work I’ve been putting in."
• On any goals at the start of the week: "My only goal was to play four days. That’s pretty much all I came here to do. I just want to get as many rounds in as I can in these three tournaments to see how I go after 4 days, how I go after a week, how I go after two weeks of golf. It’s nice to be in a decent spot after the first round but there’s three days to go. I just want to see how I fare after four days."
• On his physical fitness: "I feel fine. The fitness and stuff is feeling really good. It’s just a matter of getting as many miles into the legs as I can and shots into the body as I can and see how I pull up."
• "Last November at the Masters it was definitely the legs but I’ve done a bit of work since then to alleviate that issue but again, I don’t know. It’s hard to get a gauge on trying to play four rounds in the heat plus a pro-am and some practice chalked on top of that as well. There’s still a lot of unknowns left in the week but I’m happy to be playing and I’m happy to shoot a decent number in the first round."
• On four birdies during front nine: "It was good. I hadn’t missed a shot around the front. I holed a couple of good putts. Back nine, same thing, I just didn’t hole any putts."
• "The two pars on the back (13, 15) I drove it in the rough and didn’t have a chance of getting to the green in two. They felt a little bit like a bogey in a way but I still made pars."
• "It was nice to go out there and not put myself in too much pressure and the only real bad shot I hit was a wedge (No. 6) that was horrendous and wound up in the worst possible spot and still got it up and down for par (5 feet). It’s nice to do those things – it shows there’s still a bit of fight left in you."
• On wife and daughter here: "It’s great. For some reason I can spot here from miles away and as soon as she sees you she’s waving at you and I’m waving back. Then you get the double-handed wave. It’s exciting. It means the world to me to have them both here and supporting me in my golf again. I’ll do anything for those two."
• "I think the most surprising thing was my focus. People talk about a game face and I felt like I was ready to go on the first tee. It took me six or seven holes at the (Australian) Masters last year but today I was ready on the first tee. I think that shows that it’s all starting to come back for me."