Lyle Laps it Up at Talisker Masters.
From Shepparton News 18/11/13
He didn’t win the Australian Mas- ters, or even threaten the top of the leaderboard, but Jarrod Lyle won the hearts of the fans as he drew on his limited physical reserves to com- plete his first full tournament after a second battle with leukemia. After walking off the 18th green yesterday the score didn’t really matter. His eight-over-par final round, which included six bogeys, a dou- ble bogey and a triple bogey wasn’t a great surprise to the Shepparton professional, who said he realised on Saturday it would be a physical struggle. ‘‘Yesterday was my fourth day in a row including the pro-am and I hadn’t played more than four days, so the last nine holes yesterday I could really feel I was struggling,’’ he said. ‘‘I went for a walk this morning to get some bread and thought I’m really in strife.’’
While the body might not yet be up to the rigors of tournament golf, the feel for the game remains intact, which is a good sign for the future.
‘‘It was there, it was there,’’ he said. ‘‘I think the tiredness was getting the better of me towards the end of the day and I wasn’t as sharp as I was during the week.’’
Even though his game faded towards the end, ge tting through a 72-hole championship event exceeded any expectation. ‘‘It is better than I thought it was going to be, I came here not think- ing I was going to play four days to be brutally hones t,’’ he said. ‘‘To be able to play four days and have three reasonable rounds and one shocker, that’s golf. But it was nice to get four rounds under the belt in tournament conditions and get a decent gauge on where every- thing is at.’’ However, the future is still uncertain. ‘‘I don’t know, I need to sit down after this week and put the feet up for a bit,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t know what’s in store, there’s still some health things we need to keep an eye on.’’ Lyle sees his doctor again next month for more immunisations and a blood check. The path back to full-time profess ional golf might still be a long one. ‘‘I’ve still got a fair way to go, I think it is more the fitness side that needs attention,’’ he said. There was one bonus to be scored beside the 18th green yes- terday — a kiss from 20-month-old daughter Lusi who had watched her dad finishing a tournament for the first time.