Lyle receives PGA Tour’s Courage Award


Jarrod Lyle became the second player to receive the PGA Tour’s Courage Award the circuit announced on Tuesday.

Lyle overcame his second bout with myeloid leukemia in 2013 and returned to the Tour last season, making 10 starts before returning to Australia in June.

In 2013, Erik Compton won the inaugural Courage Award, which replaced the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2012, and Lyle was honored during the Greg Norman Gold Medal Dinner on the eve of this week’s Australian PGA Championship.

Lyle was first diagnosed with myeloid leukemia in 1999 but endured months of chemotherapy treatments and earned his Tour card in 2007.

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He was off to his best start on Tour in 2012 but discovered in March he had relapsed and, along with more chemotherapy treatments, he received a core blood transplant the day after his daughter, Lusi Joy, was born on March 10.

Lyle said he will be donating the award to Challenge, a non-profit organization that focuses on the immediate, non-medical needs of children with cancer and their families.

“The things they do for families and kids with cancer are amazing and it’s another way that I can help them keep providing the services they do and continue to bring smiles to kids’ faces,” Lyle said in a statement.

Lyle has 10 events playing on a major medical exemption this season to earn $217,679 and retain his Tour card.