Lyle, a two-time leukemia survivor, was out early during the first round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and the Aussie carded seven birdies en route to a 5-under 66. He reached 15 of 18 greens in regulation at TPC Summerlin, and the score put him in a tie for fourth, two shots behind Stewart Cink and Martin Laird.
Beginning on No. 10, Lyle played his first six holes in even par before reeling off three straight birdies on Nos. 16-18, including a 32-foot putt that found the hole on No. 18. He added a 16-footer on No. 2 and the putter remained hot at No. 4, where he made another putt from 32 feet. He finished the round with 29 putts.
Last week Lyle emerged from a Monday qualifier to earn a spot in the season-opening Frys.com Open, where he went on to tie for 31st in his first PGA Tour start since February 2012. He is teeing it up this week on a sponsor exemption before returning to Australia to touch base with his team of doctors.
After earning $33,300 last week in Napa, Lyle has 19 starts to earn $250,525 to satisfy the conditions of his major medical extension. This is expected to be his final tournament in the U.S. in 2014.