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Lyle: 'No sign of leukemia' after 12-month tests

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It appears as though Jarrod Lyle has beaten leukemia for a second time.

The affable Australian tweeted the good news Wednesday: 

Lyle was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17, but he recovered well enough to reach the PGA Tour for the first time in 2007.

He learned that the leukemia had returned in March 2012, just days before his wife, Briony, was set to give birth the couple’s first child, a daughter. Briony Lyle was induced so Jarrod could be present for the birth before beginning chemotherapy. Last August, he underwent a successful bone-marrow transplant. 

In March, Lyle played 18 holes at The Sands Torquay in Melbourne, his first round in 14 months. He has hopes of returning to the PGA Tour next year.

The symbolism of Wednesday’s news was not lost on this correspondent. Two years ago this week, Lyle visited the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. That alone was a huge step for Lyle, who had always resisted making the trip because the memories of his own childhood – lying in the intensive-care unit in the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where doctors gave him a 20 percent chance of surviving – were still too raw. 

What motivated him in those days were the visits from Robert Allenby, one of his sporting heroes. Lyle, during that St. Jude visit in June 2011, hoped to have a similar impact.