Jarrod Lyle, golf pro battling leukemia, dies at 36

Lawrence Kim
August 10, 2018

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died after a long battle with cancer.

"Our entire Tour family is grieving this news, but we certainly respect and support his decision to spend the coming days with his lovely family - it's a decision true to everything he has stood for throughout his life and career: grace, dignity and an unending love of family", PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said after Bri made what she said would be the final post to Jarrod's Instagram page in July.

Jarrod, of all people, knew about his mortality; he's fought the good fight since he was 17, struck down with acute myeloid leukaemia in the middle of his VCE year at Shepparton High School, halting his amateur golf career and forcing his first stem cell transplant.

He is survived by his wife Briony, and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.

Mrs Lyle said he died at 8:20pm Wednesday evening, surrounded by friends and family in Torquay.

"There are a lot of people struggling in the world right now", DeChambeau said, "but I just felt that what Jarrod has battled through is valiant and it's a tough battle, obviously, and not everybody wins".

The death of Lyle, a victor of two professional tournaments, had left the PGA Tour "heartbroken", the tour's commissioner Jay Monahan said.

He played eight PGA Tour events in 2016 and only three times on the Australasian Tour in 2017.

The family said a private family service would be held in the coming days with a public memorial service in Torquay, near Melbourne in Victoria state, at a later date.

Last week, Lyle thanked friends and fans in an emotional message after deciding to halt his treatment, saying he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee tweeted his support to Lyle's family, describing him as the "greatest, nicest Australian golfer I have met". We said goodbye and walked out singing the Melbourne Football Club song that Jarrod cherished so much.

Lyle touched the lives of so many of his fellow golfers.

Jason Day, who is among the Australians playing this week at the PGA Championship in St. Louis, said he was "deeply saddened" by the passing "passing of my friend Jarrod Lyle".

Ms Lyle added in a statement: "Lusi, Jemma and I are filled with grief and now must confront our lives without the greatest husband and father we could ever have wished for". "Jarrod will forever be an inspiration to us alI".

"To have so many friends around the world, whether they're spectators, whether they're golfers, whether they're marshals, whatever". Our humble thanks to you all.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Lyle "was a true inspiration in the way he faced cancer with a persistently positive attitude and he carried himself with incredible grace, dignity and courage through the recurrences of this relentless disease".

Bryson De Chambeau donates $37,450 prizemoney for Longest Drive to family of late Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle.

Isenhour said the outpouring of support for Lyle's family was heartwarming in such a hard time. He liked the idea of inspiring people suffering from cancer and other illnesses, and he talked to many of them when he was well in his role as an ambassador for Challenge, the children's cancer network.

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