Lyle Monday qualifies at Open


Jarrod Lyle's return to the PGA Tour will come one week earlier than expected.

Having twice beaten leukemia, Lyle carded a bogey-free 66 during a Monday qualifier for the Open, then survived an 8-for-4 playoff to earn a spot in the first event of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season.



Lyle had already announced plans to return to the PGA Tour this season, and the Aussie has accepted a sponsor invite into the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open next week. He'll now have an extra start with which to build momentum as he looks to earn $283,825 to fulfill the obligations of his major medical extension.

Lyle last played a PGA Tour event in February 2012 at the OHL Mayakoba Classic, and his last PGA Tour start in the U.S. came at the 2012 Northern Trust Open, where he notched a career-best T-4 finish. Shortly thereafter, the leukemia that afflicted him as a teenager returned, and the 33-year-old was sidelined for nearly two years.

He made his return to golf in the U.S. earlier this year on the Tour, finishing T-11 at the Midwest Classic in July before missing the cut in each of his next three starts.

Lyle was one of eight players to tie for medalist honors at 6-under 66 Monday, and he clinched his spot in the field with a birdie on the second extra playoff hole. The other players earning berths in the playoff were fellow Aussie Mat Goggin, Eric Axley and T.J. Vogel.