Lyle makes cut in 1st tournament back after cancer

The Associated PressNovember 15, 2013
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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2012 file photo, Jarrod Lyle, of Australia, watches his drive on the second tee in the final round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. When cancer survivor Lyle returns to golf after a 20-month layoff at the Australian Masters in Royal Melbourne on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, he expects a number of teary eyes on the tee. His among them. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Two-time cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle made the weekend cut in the Australian Masters in his first event in 20 month.

Lyle followed his opening 72 and with a 71 on Friday to reach 1-over 143 at Royal Melbourne.

The Australian hadn't played a tournament since a second bout with myeloid leukemia in early 2012 after having first fought off the disease when he was 17.

The 32-year-old Lyle said his legs felt heavy but he would draw on his ''fighting instinct'' to finish the weekend.

''If I have to crawl those last 18 holes, I'm crawling them,'' Lyle said. ''Nothing's going to stop me from finishing.''

Lyle, then a regular on the U.S. PGA Tour, was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2012 just before the birth of daughter Lusi. Lyle's wife, Briony, became pregnant despite medical advice that Lyle's first bout of cancer and the resulting chemotherapy would leave him sterile.

He has a medical exemption to return to the PGA Tour whenever he feels he's ready.