Lyle finishes strong with 3 birdies in final 4 holes


NAPA, Calif. – One constant theme emerged from Jarrod Lyle’s evaluation of his week at the Open: success.

After grabbing one of four spots available at a Monday qualifier, the two-time cancer survivor made the cut in his first PGA Tour start since February 2012. He closed with a round of 2-under 70 at Silverado Resort & Spa to finish tied for 31st at 5 under.

“To come out here without a tournament to play, and then to get through on Monday, and to make the cut and then to play reasonable golf for four days, I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” he said. “It’s something to build on now for the rest of the year.” Open: Articles, videos and photos

Lyle drew an extra level of comfort from a final-round pairing with fellow Aussie Marc Leishman, with whom he played regularly at Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne as a junior.

“It’s nice to be able to play with a guy you’ve grown up playing golf with,” Lyle said. “When I saw that pairing I thought it would be a good, fun day.”

Lyle closed his round with three birdies across his final four holes, creating further momentum as he heads to next week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He’ll tee it up in Las Vegas on a sponsor invite as he continues to chip away at the earnings obligation of his major medical extension.

“Just playing golf is a success,” he said. “To get four rounds in was pretty special. It’s something that I can go away now and assess this week…and then just build on it from now.”