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Golf Australia Express : November 2013
So stand by for one of golf’s most moving moments when Lyle shakes hands with his playing partners at the end of the first round and turns to scour the crowd for the two ladies in his life. “For me that’s probably going to be the biggest thing: having her there at a golf tournament, watching her dad try to play some golf again,” Lyle said recently. “You always sit there and watch other guys win and their kids run onto the green to give them a big hug.” “It’d be nice for Lusi to be there and just run onto the green and catch me before I fall over after 18 holes.” Lyle makes light of the stamina he needs just to complete a round of golf, but it’s a serious consideration. In recent months he’s been playing for lottery tickets at his local, The Sands in Torquay, but as recently as August he was waging a war with his body just to be able to play two days in a row. “It’s just hard because you get very tired. I don’t want to push myself too much,” he said. “My doctors have said, ‘you have to listen to your body and the minute you start getting tired then you have to stop’.” You won’t find it on his PGA Tour stats page, but he’s won some of those lottery tickets over the past few months. Not that he’d brag about it. One of sport’s eternally positive spirits, Lyle’s Twitter page is awash with upbeat sentiments and celebrations of others’ achievements, rather than his own. A word of encouragement for his professional mates; some well-wishes for the South African contingent in the Presidents Cup international team; a bit of to-and-fro with fans checking up on his progress. Not a self-indulgent syllable among them. That’s not to say he won’t be eyeing the leaderboard like the rest of them as he makes his way around Royal Melbourne, even if he’s unlikely to maintain the rage for four days. “The competitive juices are still there, but it’s going to be a struggle. But I’ve got to start somewhere and the Masters at Royal Melbourne, for me, was the perfect fit,” he said. So get around Lyle and maybe try to spare a couple of bob for kids’ cancer charity Challenge— the official charity of the Australian Masters—as he completes one of the great comebacks to elite sport. And as the crowd gets lost in the pomp and fanfare of Scotty's homecoming, take a moment to reflect on the big guy whose presence there means so much more. OTG TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS WEEK 2 “IT’D BE NICE FOR LUSI TO BE THERE AND JUST RUN ONTO THE GREEN AND CATCH ME BEFORE I FALL OVER AFTER 18 HOLES.”
October 2013 - United Colours of Golf