Lyle set to make U.S. return on Tour

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2014, 4:04 pm

Twenty-nine months after he last teed it up in North America, Jarrod Lyle is on the cusp of his return to competition.

Lyle is in the field this week at the Midwest Classic on the Tour, the next step in his return to the PGA Tour after beating leukemia for a second time.

"To get back out there is a massive achievement," Lyle said Monday in a pre-tournament press conference. "I’ve pushed myself hard enough to get back out there, and now the challenge is just to see how I do and whether I still have the passion for the game, which I think I do."

Lyle last teed it up on the PGA Tour at the OHL Mayakoba Classic in February 2012, when he tied for 37th after notching a career-best T-4 result the week prior at the Northern Trust Open. After undergoing successful chemotherapy to combat the return of the leukemia, which first afflicted him at the age of 17, Lyle made his competitive return in his native Australia at the Talisker Masters last November, where he made the cut.

Lyle now plans to test his game at a trio of events on the Tour, with starts scheduled at the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo., and the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn., after this week's event in Overland Park, Kan.

"I’ve targeted these three tournaments because they’re relatively close together, so traveling to them is not going to be too big of an issue," Lyle said. "Plus I’ve scheduled one week, then a week off, then two weeks, to see how I can cope with two weeks of golf in some pretty hot conditions.”

Lyle plans to return to the PGA Tour for the 2014-15 season. When he does, the 32-year-old will be equipped with a major medical extension and will need to make $283,825 in 20 starts to reinstate his full-time playing privileges. 

"Everything I'm doing is planning for my return to the PGA Tour," Lyle said. "I'd love to be able to go out and hopefully knock off a couple good finishes."

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.