Jarrod Lyle

Jarrod Lyle Receives  PGA TOUR’s Courage Award

The PGA TOUR has awarded the Courage Award to Australian Jarrod Lyle, a member of the PGA TOUR who has overcome two battles(not one) with acute myeloid leukemia. The 34 year old Lyle is from Shepparton, Victoria and in his second year of a Medical Extension granted to him due to his life-threatening illness.

Former Open Champion and fellow Australian Ian Baker Finch presented Jarrod with the Courage Award on behalf of the PGA Tour and Commissioner Tim Finchem at the inaugural Greg Norman Gold Medal Dinner hosted by the PGA of Australia on the eve of the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

The Courage Award is presented to a player who, through courage and perseverance has overcome extraordinary adversity, such as personal tragedy, debilitating injury or illness and makes a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf. Lyle is only the second winner of the Award, joining Eric Compton who has had two heart transplants and received the award in 2013. Both Jarrod and Eric play Titlist clubs and balls.

The PGA TOUR Courage Award includes a $25,000 charitable contribution to be distributed to a charity of the recipient’s choice. This year’s contribution will be given to Challenge-Supporting Kids With Cancer, an Australian non-profit organization that delivers daily support to children and families living with cancer. Since 1983, Challenge has helped more than 25,000 children and families, improving their quality of life.

“Jarrod is a story of great perseverance and courage in the face of adversity,” says Finchem. “To battle and overcome leukemia twice is a statement unto itself as to his character. He has also made a significant impression on all of us with his determination to reclaim his career as a professional golfer. Jarrod has a tremendous amount of support behind him, all with best wishes for his continued good health and success on the PGA TOUR and beyond.”

In his fifth season on the TOUR in 2012, Lyle was diagnosed again with acute myeloid leukemia in March that limited his season to just seven starts. At the time of his diagnosis, his wife Briony was pregnant with the couple’s first child, Lusi, who was born healthy just days later. It was Jarrod’s second bout with the disease, having been confined to a bed for nine months while undergoing chemotherapy in 1999 at the age of 17.

After chemotherapy, a double umbilical cord transplant, and rehabilitation, Lyle made a  comeback in December 2013 at the Talisker Masters at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. He then returned to the PGA TOUR in 2014 at the Frys.com Open, finished tied for 31st and has made 11 subsequent starts, the last being the Sanderson Farms Championship held at the Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi in November 2015. He enters 2016 with eight events remaining in his Medical Extension.

“I am very humbled to be receiving this award from the PGA TOUR,” said Lyle. “It has taken a lot of fighting for me to return to the PGA TOUR, but it has been well worth it for me to get back after the things I have dealt, which shows people in similar situations there is hope for them and if they are positive and fight for everyday then they can succeed in life. To be back playing with all the guys again and saying thank you was extremely important. The players, officials and fans were very supportive to me and my family throughout my time away and I can never repay them for that.”

Good Luck and Happier and Healthier days Jarrod in 2016 from eSouthernGOLF.

Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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