Jarrod Lyle to return to golf at Australian Masters
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Jarrod Lyle to return to golf at Australian Masters

Jarrod Lyle has beat back leukemia for a second time, and now he's ready to make his comeback to the world of golf.

In an interview with the Australia-based Daily Telegraph, Lyle said he will return to competitive golf at the Australian Masters in November at Royal Melbourne.

"I've made the decision to play the Masters this year as a test to see where everything is at before I look to head back to the States and the PGA Tour," Lyle said.

The 31-year-old revealed in 2012 that he would undergo treatment to battle leukemia. He began that treatment in March 2012, just before his now-17-month-old daughter, Lusi, was born. After 16 months of treatment, Lyle announced in June he was again cancer-free.

The fight was Lyle's second successful bout with leukemia. As a 17-year-old, Lyle beat back acute myeloid leukemia.

Lyle will now have to earn back his place on the PGA Tour. Under his major medical exemption, he's afforded five "warm-up" events before he has to begin the 15-event trek to earn a little over $400,000 and regain PGA Tour status.

Until then, however, Lyle can simply appreciate being back on the big stage, happy and healthy.

"That first tee shot is going to be for everybody who's supported me through all of this, but especially for my girls, (his wife) Bri and Lusi. "I will be smiling from ear to ear for at least 36 holes. I'll enjoy the whole atmosphere, whether I play well or not."

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