Mission accomplished for Jarrod Lyle in Aussie Masters

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Two-time cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle accomplished his goal of making the cut in the Australian Masters -- his first start in 20 months.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 | 9:14 a.m.

Australian Jarrod Lyle accomplished an incredible feat that should be a late entry for "golf moment of the year" honors, if such a thing exists.

Lyle, after 20 months away from professional golf to battle a second bout with myeloid leukemia, made the cut in the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne on Friday.

This week has been emotional for Lyle, but for all the right reasons.

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Following a 1-over 72 in Round 1, Lyle shot an even-par 71 in Round 2. He's at 1-over 143 through 36 holes and in a tie for 39th.

"I've done it," Lyle, smiling, told reporters after his round. "I came here and achieved my biggest goal."

Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard is in Australia for the tournament and had this nugget in his Friday column on Lyle:

Stamina was Lyle's greatest concern this week as he recovers from last year's bone-marrow transplant and he said he had little trouble sleeping after Thursday's round. The weekend promises to be even more physically demanding, but Lyle said the hard part was over.

"If I have to crawl those last 18 holes, I'll crawl," he said.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.