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Lyle, set to begin chemotherapy, becomes father

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) - Jarrod Lyle, the Australian professional golfer who will begin chemotherapy on Monday for a recurrence of leukemia, became a father Saturday.

Lyle's manager, Tony Bouffler, said Sunday that wife Briony gave birth to daughter Lusi Joy on Saturday in Shepparton, Victoria, Lyle's hometown.

Bouffler said Lyle was "over the moon" and that the player "can't stop holding her."

Briony Lyle was induced so Lyle could be at the birth before beginning chemotherapy treatment at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17 and spent nine months in a hospital. He not only recovered but went on to earn his PGA Tour card. He matched his best finish three weeks ago in Los Angeles, where he missed a playoff by two shots and tied for fifth.

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