The PGA was the subject of some disheartening news earlier this week: inspirational Aussie two-time cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle, a 35-year-old who played in 121 PGA Tour events from 2006-2016 has announced that he is again battling acute myeloid leukemia.
Lyle was first diagnosed with the cancer as a 17-year-old in 1999. He beat it, but had a relapse in 2012, which he beat again.
Now, after an abnormal blood test taken earlier this week has confirmed the saddening news that the disease has returned.
- 10-year PGA Tour veteran Jarrod Lyle made the announcement that he is battling leukemia for the third time. His last bout with the cancer, which happened in 2012, kept him off the Tour for several years.
- Lyle came back to the PGA Tour in late 2014 on a major medical exemption, but was unable to retain his card. His first two events were impressive given the circumstances, as he finished T31 and T42, but went onto to miss his next seven cuts and then a T74. He also played ten events in 2016, missing eight cuts. He has not played on the PGA Tour since the 2016 Wyndham Championship.
- On the course, Lyle has two wins on the Web.com Tour, and is best remembered by fans for his hole-in-one at the “Stadium Hole”, the par-3 16th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was his first hole-in-one at Phoenix in nine years.
- The 35-year-old Lyle is married with two children
“Sadly it’s all 100% true – another cancer diagnosis. 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”
-Jarrod Lyle via Twitter