Lyle excited about Victorian Open return

Jarrod Lyle admits he didn’t have his ‘A’ game when he made his comeback to tournament golf late last year after a two-year battle to beat Leukaemia.

Now the popular Victorian feels he is ready to take the next step along the road to an eventual return to the US PGA Tour and has entered the Oates Victorian Open at Thirteenth Beach from February 20-23.

Jarrod Lyle Jarrod Lyle (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Lyle maintains he exceeded his own expectations when he fired rounds of 72-71-70-79 at Royal Melbourne during the Talisker Masters in November.

“I went there not really with the best golf game and thinking I might not play at the weekend,” he said.

“But to be able to play the four days was a huge step forward.”

“My expectations now [at the Vic Open] are a little bit higher.”

“I’m going to go there and give it everything I’ve got to try to win the thing but all I need to see is a bit of improvement from how I was at the Masters to how I am now.”

“I want to know that all the work I’m doing in the gym is paying off.”

“Hopefully I’ll be there Sunday afternoon [in contention], which would be a dream.”

Lyle said he had played just three times on the Creek Course and two on the Beach Course at Thirteenth Beach.

“I was at the Vic Open last year following my brother [Leighton] around and the Beach Course is pretty cool,” he said.

“It’s a good links-style course where you’ve got to position your ball well off the tee with the greens and surrounds being difficult.”

“You’ve got to be prepared for a bit of a breeze – and bring you’re A game.”