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Lyle claims a share of Purse spoils

Leighton Lyle has finished the Victorian Pro-Am season in fine style with a four-way tie for first in the Royal Melbourne Purse.

DAMEN FRANCIS June 19, 2014 3:05am

Leighton Lyle won his second tournament of the Victorian Pro-Am season at Royal Melbourne on Monday.


Shepparton’s Leighton Lyle rounded out the Victorian Pro-Am golf season in style with a win at the Royal Melbourne Purse on Monday.

Lyle, 25, carded a three-under-par 69 at the single-day $10000 event at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, but had to split the $4320 first prizemoney four ways.

Matthew Griffin, Alex Benjamin and David Brandson also finished the round three-under-par.

A shotgun start meant Lyle had no idea how he was faring until the end of the day and, with limited preparation, the result came as a surprise.

‘‘I’ve only played about three rounds since the end of March,’’ Lyle said.

‘‘There’s just been nothing on, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect.

‘‘I went out and did nine holes on the Friday and hit it okay, but wasn’t expecting the win.’’

The win was Lyle’s second of the season, having taken out the Lang Lang Pro-Am in March.

About 60 professionals took to Royal Melbourne on Monday, in what was Lyle’s 28th and final competition of the season.

Lyle said he had no plans for the coming months other than ‘‘a few holes here and there in between work’’.

‘‘I would rather be playing full-time on a big tour, but that hasn’t happened at the moment, so I’m just doing what I’ve got and playing with what I get,’’ he said.

Lyle’s older brother Jarrod is expected to make his comeback to the US PGA Tour in the coming months, having overcome leukaemia for the second time.

The 32-year-old’s first confirmed start on the US PGA Tour is the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Nevada starting October 16.

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