|— Golfer —|
August 21, 1981 |
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour of Australasia
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T48: 2008|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 2006|
Lyle was born in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. He got his start in golf at age six when he caddied for his father. He says teeing off in his first Australian tournament is his biggest thrill in golf. In 1999 at age 17, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and was confined to his bed for nine months while undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the Royal Children's Hospital. It took another 12 months before he had the energy to walk a golf course again. He began a friendship during that time with PGA Tour member and fellow Australian Robert Allenby. He was diagnosed with a recurrence of the disease in March 2012.
Lyle turned professional in 2004. He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2006, finishing 18th on the money list and earning his PGA Tour card for 2007. He made only three top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2007 and finished 164th on the money list and lost his Tour card. Back on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, he won twice, at the Mexican Open and the Knoxville Open. He finished 4th on the money list and earned his 2009 PGA Tour card.
Lyle scored a hole-in-one at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2011 on the par-3 16th 'Stadium Hole' winning $25,000 for a charity of his choice. This was the first hole-in-one on the 16th in the Phoenix Open for nine years.
After his second remission, Lyle made a comeback at the 2013 Talisker Masters. In 2014, he played his first PGA Tour-sanctioned round in 29 months at the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic and finished T11. Once Lyle makes his allotted rehab Web.com Tour starts, he will return to the PGA Tour where he has 20 starts and $283,825 to match Kevin Chappell, the golfer who finished 125th on the 2012 PGA Tour money list. Lyle made his first PGA Tour start since 2012 after Monday qualifying for the Frys.com Open in October 2014, where he made the cut and finished T31.
Amateur wins (2)
Professional wins (2)
Nationwide Tour wins (2)
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing Australia): 2004
- 2006 Nationwide Tour graduates
- 2008 Nationwide Tour graduates
- 2010 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- 2011 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates