Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle dies at age 36

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle dies at age 36

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has lost his battle with cancer, dying aged 36 after halting treatment for leukaemia last week, sparking an outpouring of grief from fellow players Thursday, August 9.

"He has been mine ever since", Allenby wrote in an essay for Players Voice last week, after Briony Lyle announced her husband had chose to receive palliative care and forego further treatment.

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.

The statement said a an intimate and private family service would be held in the coming days.

Lyle, who had two wins on the feeder tour in 2008 and played 121 US PGA Tour tournaments, was diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager and suffered a relapse in 2012.

"It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us", Briony Lyle, said in a statement.

"Thank you for showing us how to go about life and how to treat others".

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".

"They know that I love them, they know that all the fighting that I did do was to get back out and play golf again".

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"Jarrod will forever be an inspiration to us alI. rest easy mate".

Marc Leishman, also at the championship, said the golf community was saddened.

Bryson DeChambeau has given his Longest Drive competition winnings to the family of late golfer Jarrod Lyle. The recording was intended for a book that is being written about Lyle's life, but with permission from Lyle and his family, Hayes aired it on his show last week.

He underwent a bone marrow transplant in December of previous year. "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", Jarrod's note read. "Today we lost a great man who's life off the course is one we should all try to emulate".

The Shepparton-raised golfer impacted everyone at the club on and off the course during his 36 years, and his name will endure in the form of the Jarrod Lyle Junior Classic. "They deserve that and they need that more than anything right now". "There will be a public memorial service at The Sands in Torquay at a date to be announced later".

He gradually reduced his handicap to scratch and earned a golf scholarship before turning professional in 2004.

Close friend and fellow pro Robert Allenby paid tribute to Lyle, who he has known for almost 20 years, in a moving tribute on The Player's Voice last week.

"As per Jarrod's wish, please donate to Challenge in lieu of gifts or flowers".

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