Jarrod Lyle, two-time cancer survivor, doting father and PGA Tour player, is the emotional sum of many parts. An anomaly in the land of Tour conformity and stoicism, the strapping Australian is an imposing figure on the golf course but embraces his emotions with surprising ease despite the fact he can’t produce tears.
Lyle’s two bouts with leukemia, plus chemotherapy treatments that rid his body of the disease, robbed him of the ability to cry, but not the capacity to feel.
For two weeks last November, Lyle allowed GolfChannel.com unfettered access as he made his emotional return to competitive golf at the Australian Masters in Melbourne, about an hour from where he grew up.
From his meetings with his straight-shooting doctor to the life-changing moment in 2012 when he was declared cancer free for the second time in nearly a dozen years, Lyle’s is a story of tragedy and triumph.
For the next six days GolfChannel.com will chronicle Lyle’s dogged fight not only to survive but to play the Tour again. It’s the story of the game’s ultimate fighter.