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Golf: Two-time cancer survivor Lyle ready for PGA Tour bid

Published on Jul 9, 2014 5:26 PM
 
A file photo from 2005 showing Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle. Australia's Jarrod Lyle had leukaemia in 1999, but recovered and turned pro in 2004. Golf, as Mark Twain quipped, may spoil a good walk, but Australian Jarrod Lyle thinks a tough round beats chemotherapy any day of the week. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Golf, as Mark Twain quipped, may spoil a good walk, but Australian Jarrod Lyle thinks a tough round beats chemotherapy any day of the week.

The affable 32-year-old was diagnosed in March 2012 with a recurrence of leukaemia he first developed at the age of 17 and was forced to seek treatment before he returned to the course late last year in Australia.

"There's plenty of worse things that can happen than shooting 80 at a golf tournament or shooting 79 or missing a cut," he told reporters on a conference call from Florida. "There was times where I thought I was dead and thought I'd never get back out on the golf course, and there was times where I thought I don't want to play golf any more. "(So) if I make a triple bogey on a par four or whatever ... it's better than having a day's worth of chemo."

He will begin his push for a return to the PGA Tour on the secondary Web.com Tour in Kansas City in two weeks' time.

 
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