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Jarrod Lyle suffers leukemia recurrence

PGA Tour player Jarrod Lyle has suffered a recurrence of leukemia upon his return to Australia to prepare for the birth of his child.

Rober Allenby, fellow pro and close friend, said he received word Thursday that Lyle was going to start chemotherapy as soon as his wife gave birth.

"If he starts chemo now, he won't be able to touch the baby or watch the birth," Allenby said. "They're inducing her today, and she has the baby, he goes straight into treatments. It's just devastating."

Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17. He not only recovered, he went on to earn his PGA Tour card. He thought the chemotherapy from his teen years would make him infertile, and was thrilled to learn his wife, Briony, was pregnant.

"He just got his whole life where he wants," said Allenby, who has been exchanging text messages with Lyle throughout the day. "He's married, he has a new baby coming, he's playing great golf. And now this. It's the same cancer that's come back, the same leukemia."

Lyle matched his best finish on the PGA Tour three weeks ago at Riviera, where he missed a playoff by two shots and tied for fifth. He went to Mexico and tied for 37th.

Perhaps his greatest fame in America came last year in the Phoenix Open, when he made an ace on the raucous par-3 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale.

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