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Jarrod Lyle makes cut in 1st tournament back after 20-month recovery from leukemia


FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2012 file photo, Jarrod Lyle, of Australia, watches his drive on the second tee in the final round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. When cancer survivor Lyle returns to golf after a 20-month layoff at the Australian Masters in Royal Melbourne on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, he expects a number of teary eyes on the tee. His among them. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) (The Associated Press)

Two-time cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle made the weekend cut in the Australian Masters in his first event in 20 month.

Lyle followed his opening 72 and with a 71 on Friday reach 1-over 143 at Royal Melbourne.

The Australian hadn't played a tournament since a second bout with leukemia in early 2012 after having first fought off the disease when he was 17.

The 32-year-old Lyle said his legs felt heavy but he would draw on his "fighting instinct" to finish the weekend.

"If I have to crawl those last 18 holes, I'm crawling them," Lyle said. "Nothing's going to stop me from finishing."