Leukemia survivor Lyle hopeful of PGA Tour return

Australia's Jarrod Lyle watches his ball on the 18th hole during the first round of the Australian Open.

Australia's Jarrod Lyle watches his ball on the 18th hole during the first round of the Australian Open.

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle says he has some hopes of returning to the PGA Tour in 2014 if he continues his current recovery from a second battle with leukemia.

The 31-year-old Lyle, who was diagnosed with the disease at age 17, learned it had returned shortly after the recent birth of his first child, a daughter. He since has undergone chemotherapy, received a transplant of donor blood from umbilical cords and is making a strong recovery.

"I do want to get back to golf at some stage," he said Tuesday, "but I guess if I never hit another shot I'll be happy. As long as I've got my health and as long as I've got my family, I'm a happy boy."

Lyle made six cuts in seven starts this year, including a tie for fourth at the Northern Trust Open, before having to end his season just two months into the Tour's schedule. He last played at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in late February.

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