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After leukemia diagnosis last year, Jarrod Lyle makes emotional return to golf (vid)


Standing on the first tee box at Royal Melbourne for the first round of the Australian Masters, Jarrod Lyle was overcome with emotion, and who wouldn’t, given the what the golfer has gone through not only over the past 20 months, but in a way that shouldn’t be understated, the past 15 years as well.

Twenty months ago, Lyle as diagnosed with myeloid leukemia, and has bravely battled back and is competing in a professional tour event for the first time since his diagnosis. This comes after the 32-year-old after he weathered — and won – a similar battle after he was diagnosed with cancer when he was 17 years old.

With his wife and daughter in attendance and family, friends and supporters wearing yellow as a sign of solidarity, Lyle, who has won twice on the Tour and his playing on a medical exemption and can return to the PGA Tour when he feels he’s ready, was visibly moved as he hugged his family, set his ball on the tee and hit his shot.

It was a moving, powerful and emotional scene.

Lyle says he’s taking it slowly as he makes his comeback.

“Just walking to that first tee and teeing the ball up and trying to hit it — that’s probably going to be the hardest thing,” Lyle said, according to a report in The New York Times.

“It’s just going to let a whole lot of stuff out,” he added. “Hopefully when that ball flies I can just get on to playing golf and put everything behind me and just get back to the golfer that I am.”

Best of luck to Lyle — who fired off an impressive 72 during an obviously difficult and emotional first round at the Australian Masters, good enough to be tied for 28th — both on and off the course. And to his wife and little daughter as well.

[H/T Eye on Golf, Devil Ball Golf]