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Lyle shoots back-nine 31 but falls to T-23

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Jarrod Lyle shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday in the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic, leaving the Australian 11 strokes behind Zack Sucher in his first U.S. event since his second bout with leukemia.

Lyle, 32, was tied for 23rd at 9-under 204 at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He eagled the par-4 18th for a back-nine 31.

Traveling with wife Briony and 2-year-old daughter Lusi, Lyle opened with rounds of 67 and 69. He's also set to play Web.com Tour events Aug. 7-10 in Springfield, Missouri, and Aug. 14-17 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

When Lyle returns to the PGA Tour for the start of the season in October, he will have 20 events to earn $283,825 and reach the equivalent of No. 125 on the money list in 2012, the year he suffered a recurrence. He returned to play in November in the Australian Masters and played in the Victorian Open in February.

Sucher shot a 64, making eight birdies in a 10-hole stretch. He was 20 under.

Former Kansas State player Aaron Watkins was second at 17 under after a 64.

Jason Gore was 14 under after a 68.

Tom Hoge matched the course record with a 60 to move into a tie for fifth at 12 under.