12 Nov 2013

Lyle returns to golf this week

5:52 am on 12 November 2013

The Victorian golfer Jarrod Lyle will make his return to professional golf at this week's Australian Masters after a second battle with leukaemia.

Lyle was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 1999 when he was a promising 17-year-old golfer.

It took two years, but he beat the illness and made it back playing golf again.

He turned professional in 2004 and made it on to the PGA Tour in 2007.

But in March last year he was told that the leukaemia had returned, began chemotherapy and underwent a successful bone-marrow transplant last August.

He was given the all-clear from his 12-month tests in June this year, and six months on he is ready to take on the Royal Melbourne course in the second leg of the Australian golfing triple crown.

Commenting on the leukaemia, Lyle says he's trying to outrun it... so hopefully he can stay ahead of it for a few more years yet.