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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 147
N O ONE ever said quitting was easy. So it must have been an incredibly tough decision for Jarrod Lyle to pull the pin on the PGA Tour for the rest of the season, following his emotional comeback to the tour in October after a second battle with leukaemia. In a statement released yesterday, Lyle announced he would be calling it quits for the season. "I have made the decision, effective immediately, to withdraw from the remaining events in the 2014- 15 season," he said. "I need to stress that this decision has nothing to do with my recent illness – I am still healthy and cancer-free." Instead, the 33-year-old father of one made the call to retreat from the world's premier tour because he believed his form was not deserving of a start each week. "It has become increasingly obvious that I am simply not in a position to compete on the PGA Tour," he said. "My goal every single week out here – just like therestofthefield–istoplaymybestandtobe competitive. Unfortunately I haven’t been in real contention in any of the 10 events I have played so far this season. "At the moment, I am out here making up the numbers each week and giving every other guy one less person to worry about." Wow. It's clear that when integrity was being dished out, Lyle helped himself to seconds. What's also obvious is that Lyle has more honesty and self-awareness than most, pointing out what most of us in the media were too afraid to acknowledge. Despite his fairytale return to golf, his form has been lacking to say the least. In 2015 alone, Lyle has missed seven cuts in eight events and admitted in the past few months he has "posted some of my worst scores since becoming a professional in 2004 – something I am definitely not proud of". To ignore that fact in light of Lyle's health issues is to patronise the man and his ability. Unfair as it may be, in professional sport form holds far more weight than personality or honour. Lyle knows that. "Here’s the bottom line – I am not playing good enough golf and I am not competitive with the rest of the guys out there." "My family and I have had a tough road over the last few years, and now that my health has been given the all clear it is time to turn my attention fully to my career. "I want to put that in my past and become the golfer that I’ve always strived to be. "I am a golfer, and I have always been a golfer. All I know is golf. So for me to continue playing this year when I am not playing at my best is not fair for my family, my career, or for me." Being on a medical exemption means Lyle can take some time off to regroup and he plans to return next season at the Frys.com Open in October. "I know there is no guarantee that I will make enough money in the remaining 10 events to have any status out here, but I at least want to put myself in a position to give it my best shot." "I want to look back on my season and be proud of my achievements, rather than wishing I never set foot on another golf course ever again." One word Jarrod. Respect. OTG the VIEW THE COURAGE OF QUITTING JARROD LYLE'S DECISION TO LEAVE THE PGA TOUR SHOWS THE INTEGRITY OF A MAN WHO'S BEEN TO HELL AND BACK...TWICE. by Damian Shutie OTG editor-in-chief Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
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