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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Jarrod Lyle 11 back on

Associated Press

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Jarrod Lyle shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday in the Tour's Midwest Classic, leaving the Australian 11 strokes behind Zack Sucher in his first U.S. event since his second bout with leukemia.

The 32-year-old Lyle was tied for 23rd at 9-under 204 at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He eagled the par-4 18th for a back-nine 31.

Traveling with wife Briony and 2-year-old daughter Lusi, Lyle opened with rounds of 67 and 69. He's also set to play Tour events Aug. 7-10 in Springfield, Missouri, and Aug. 14-17 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

When Lyle returns to the PGA Tour for the start of the season in October, he will have 20 events to earn $283,825 and reach the equivalent of No. 125 on the money list in 2012, the year he suffered a recurrence. He returned to play in November in the Australian Masters and played in the Victorian Open in February.

Sucher shot a 64, making eight birdies in a 10-hole stretch. He was 20-under.

Former Kansas State player Aaron Watkins was second at 17-under after a 64.

Jason Gore was 14-under after a 68.

Tom Hoge matched the course record with a 60 to move into a tie for fifth at 12-under.