Cancer-surviving pro in hospital; doctors reportedly fear leukemia has returned for third time (UPDATE)
Jarrod Lyle is a professional golfer who's spent time on the PGA, Web.com and Australian Tours. More importantly, the 35-year-old is a two-time leukemia survivor, most recently beating it in 2012. Unfortunately, Lyle was admitted to Royal Melbourne Hospital on Tuesday after blood tests showed an abnormality. According to the Golf Channel, doctors fear cancer has returned for the third time.
Speaking to PGATour.com, Lyle said, "Just another bump in my road. I will fight like no other."
Lyle's family released the following statement to media outlets:
“A routine blood test conducted earlier this week returned abnormal results and Jarrod was immediately admitted to hospital and placed under the care of his previous medical specialist. He will remain there at least until a full diagnosis has been made.
“He has undergone several tests, and will have several more in the coming days. At this point, we have not yet received complete test results, so there is no definitive diagnosis and we do not have an agreed treatment plan.
“We cannot speculate about anything until we get more information. We are grateful to be surrounded by incredibly supportive people and we truly appreciate your consideration and respect for our privacy at this time.”
Lyle has won twice on the Web.com Tour. He had made six of seven cuts on the PGA Tour in 2012 -- highlighted by a T-4 at the Northern Trust Open -- when leukemia returned, sidelining his season.
UPDATE: 10:00 AM -- Lyle has confirmed leukemia has returned: