Lyle dreams of PGA Tour return
You might not think learning how to change nappies is a good thing – but to Victorian golf pro Jarrod Lyle it is a dream come true.
It’s a dream that he is even around to do such a chore with his one-year-old daughter Lusi Joy.
Jarrod Lyle (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Lyle has beaten the odds, twice, after two battles with acute myeloid leukaemia and although his long-range ambition is to return to the US PGA Tour, he already feels like a winner.
Four months in a Melbourne hospital must have had him wondering if he would even survive the toughest test he had ever faced.
Now the popular 31-year-old has been given the official all-clear and its back to the gym in the hope of one day regaining enough strength in that battered body to contemplate a return to the PGA Tour.
“When I look at my family now, I feel like I’m the luckiest man alive,” Lyle said.
“Just walking around, I couldn’t be happier.”
“I’m through with it now. The sickness, all that stuff, hasn’t come back.”
“I’ve just started getting back in the gym.”
“I’ve been in three times in the last week-and-a-half, so I’m trying to get started building back up because I really want to make the effort to get back to the Tour fitter and stronger and healthier than I ever was.”
Lyle hasn’t set a date for any official return but if things go according to plan he may be back in action around the middle of 2014.
“It’d be different if I was just coming back from a torn hamstring or something like that,” he said.
“But it’s not, and there is still a lot of unknown about things like how much flying I’ll be able to do and until all the questions like that are crossed off I don’t know when exactly I’ll be back.
“It’s a matter of getting all the way healthy and staying healthy and making sure that this horrible disease doesn’t come back again.”