Aussie Lyle has cancer for third time

Jarrod Lyle, the 35-year-old Australian who has played on the PGA Tour and the Tour, is in Royal Melbourne Hospital for treatment in his third battle with cancer.

Golf Australia issued a statement on behalf of the Lyle family saying that Lyle again has acute myeloid leukemia, which he beat in 1998 and in 2012.

“We’ve just received confirmation that Jarrod does have a relapse of AML, which is what he’s had twice already,” Briony Lyle, Jarrod’s wife, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Right now, as we’re in this room, he’s beginning his chemotherapy treatment. We’re not sure how long it will be for. The aim of it is to get him into remission.”

Lyle underwent a routine blood test that returned abnormal results and he was immediately admitted to the hospital and placed under the care of his previous medical specialist.

“The doctor said today it is a curative intent,” Briony Lyle added. “The aim is to provide some sort of a cure. They’re still doing quite a few more tests. He will require another transplant and it does sound as if the technology has come a long way in the past five years.

“He’s got a good track record and that’s what everyone keeps reminding themselves. He’s done it before, why not a third time? That’s the goal.”

Lyle was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when he was 17 and was declared in remission two years later. He had a relapse in 2012, not long after starting the year with a fourth-place finish at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in Los Angeles and after the birth of the Lyles’ first child, but again was declared cancer-free after treatment.

Lyle returned to the United States in 2015 to use his medical exemption in an attempt to win back his PGA Tour card but missed out and returned to live in Australia in 2016.

In 2008, Lyle won the Mexican Open and the Knoxville Open on what is now the Tour.

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