Beloved golfer dies at 36 after long battle with cancer

Ruben Hill
August 9, 2018

Briony Lyle said her husband had asked her to pass on a "simple message: 'Thanks for your support, it meant the world".

The 36-year-old spent his final days surrounded by loved ones when he chose to go into palliative care after ending treatment for myeloid leukaemia.

The former US PGA Tour player is survived by his wife and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.

A statement from the Lyle family, published by Golf Australia' website, said he passed away at 8.20pm on Wednesday night in Torquay.

"My heart breaks as I type this message", Bri Lyle wrote on Jarrod's Facebook page last week.

"Jarrod was able to take in numerous unbelievably kind and generous acts and words in his final few days and was overwhelmed by the emotional outpouring", she said. My time was short, but if I've helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn't wasted'.

With experience by then to match his natural ability, Lyle won two Nationwide events in 2008, finishing fourth on the money list and again being elevated to the US PGA Tour.

In an emotional audio message late last week, he said he felt like "the luckiest golfer going around because so many people took an interest in me and took an interest in, I guess, my fight".

"To have so many friends around the world, whether they're spectators, whether they're golfers, whether they're marshals, whatever".

"Because he played both the European and American tours just about everyone knew him, and there wasn't a person who knew him that didn't love him".

"Full of joy and determination, on and off the course". "We are respecting Jarrod's family's request for privacy, but they know we are here for whatever they need during this hard time and beyond".

"The story, it's so sad and his kids are suffering, obviously, from it - his whole family is - and I just thought it would be the right thing to do", DeChambeau said prior to Lyle's death. "A wonderful father, friend and golfer", Australian golfer Greg Chalmers tweeted. "Miss you mate. RIP".

"His positivity and general demeanour has been so good and so infectious on others".

Monahan pledged to Lyle's family "that Jarrod will never be forgotten; we will continue to honour his life and legacy, and that includes helping to support the needs of his family in the months and years to come".

Tiger Woods was among those wearing a Leuk the Duck badge in his cap in recognition of Lyle and Challenge, the children's cancer foundation he was an ambassador for.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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