Just when everything was going well for Jarrod Lyle, he was visited by an old nemesis at the worst possible time. He suffered a leukemia relapse as he was preparing for the birth of his first child.
Robert Allenby is spreading the unfortunate news on the social networking site, Twitter. Allenby supports a cancer program called, “Challenge A Cancer” network in Australia, where he first met Lyle. Lyle was then 17 years old and was just diagnosed with an acute myeloid leukemia.
Lyle spent of most the year undergoing chemotherapy. He recovered and played in the British Open 7 years later at the Royal Liverpool with Allenby. He earned his PGA Tour card in 2007 and has kept it for the past three years.
He finished in a tie for fifth missing a playoff by two shots at Riviera a few weeks ago. His fifth place finish equals the highest he’s ever carded in a tournament.
Lyle became famous in the Phoenix Open held a year ago where he made an ace on the par-3 on the 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale.
Quite recently, Allenby saw Lyle in South Florida where he noticed that Lyle was not looking well. Lyle thought that something bit him while he was in Mexico. He said that he was feeling an irritation in his left arm.
Allenby advised Lyle, ‘to go home and get checked out.’
The timing of Lyle’s condition came at the worst possible moment; he is happily married, expecting his first child and playing great golf. It was as if he was brought back down to earth with no parachute to soften his fall.
Allenby heard about Lyle’s condition through Dave Rogers, CEO of “Challenge A Cancer” support program. He said that they were keeping close tabs on Lyle since he clearly was able to challenge and beat cancer with his successes.
However, when the news of the relapse came everyone was ‘devastated.’
Allenby said, “We keep a close eye on Jarrod. He’s kind of like our No. 1 with the success he’s had to get where he is. “Now to go through it again, it’s devastating.”