Jarrod Lyle described his first PGA Tour start in more than two years a “huge success.” Lyle, who overcame leukemia for the second time, qualified in the four spot on Monday for the Frys.com Open. He shot scores of 72-70-71-70 for a tournament total of five-under, putting him currently at T31.
Lyle’s final round included birdies in three of his last four holes, so needless to say, he was ecstatic.
“To come here without a tournament to play, and then get through on the Monday (qualifier) and make the cut and play reasonable golf for four days, I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Lyle. “It’s something to build on for the rest of the year.”
From Napa, Lyle will drive his RV to Nevada for next week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where he has a place in the field thanks to a sponsor’s exemption. The tournament in Vegas will be his last on the PGA Tour in 2014 as he’ll return to Australia to play on its circuit and meet with doctors.
Lyle started this season on a medical exemption. His finish here at Silverado will help him toward earning $283,825 in 20 starts to retain his full PGA Tour status. Nonethless, Lyle and his story are an inspiration to all.