Melbourne, August 9: Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle passed away last night at age 36 after a long battle with acute myeloid leukaemia. He is survived by his wife Briony, and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.
Briony Lyle issued the following statement:
“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us. He passed away peacefully at 8.20pm last night having spent his final week in Torquay among his family and close friends.
“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.
“At the same time, we have been blessed and overwhelmed with the messages and actions of support from around the world and feel comforted that Jarrod was able to happily impact so many people throughout his life. Our humble thanks to you all.
“Jarrod was able to take in many of the unbelievably kind and generous acts and words in his final few days and was overwhelmed by the emotional outpouring.
“He asked that I provide a simple message: `Thanks for your support, it meant the world. 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.’
“We will hold an intimate and private family service in the coming days.
“There will be a public memorial service at The Sands in Torquay at a date to be announced later. As per Jarrod’s wish, please donate to Challenge in lieu of gifts or flowers.”
Challenge (www.challenge.org.au) is a non-profit organisation that provides care to cancer-stricken children
Lyle was diagnosed with the leukaemia at age 17 and struck up a friendship with PGA Tour star Robert Allenby after the latter visited him in hospital. The cancer went into remission and, after a successful amateur career, Lyle turned professional in 2004 after representing Australia in the World Amateur Team Championships (Eisenhower Trophy). In 2004, Lyle played in four Australian events including a top four finish in the first, the New South Wales Open.
In 2005, Lyle played on the Asian Tour and secured his 2006 card with second place finishes in Macau and Brunei. He played on the Nationwide Tour (now the Web.com Tour) in 2006 and finished 18th on the money list to earn playing rights on the PGA Tour. He had only three top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2007 and lost his card. Back on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, Lyle won twice to earn his 2009 PGA Tour card.
Lyle played four years on the PGA Tour, in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He had his best ever PGA Tour finish in early 2012, a T4 at the Northern Trust Open. In March that year, he returned to Australia for the birth of Lusi and was diagnosed with a relapse of the leukaemia.
When the leukaemia went into remission in 2013, Lyle made his comeback to professional golf at the 2013 Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne. In 2014, he was able to return to the PGA Tour and had 20 starts with US$283,825 in prizemoney. In July 2017, Lyle was unable to meet the terms of his medical exemption and the leukemia returned. About a week ago, he decided to cease treatment and begin palliative care.