Jarrod Lyle loses long battle with cancer aged 36
Australia’s Jarrod Lyle has passed away overnight aged 36.
Born in Shepparton, Victoria, Lyle has battled acute myeloid leukaemia since being diagnosed for the first time at just 17-years-old.
Jarrod Lyle (Credit: Getty Images)
He beat the disease successfully and went on to resume his golfing career with back-to-back wins at the Lake Macquarie Amateur before turning pro in 2004 and heading to the Asian Tour prior to turning his eye to the US.
He won twice on the 2008 Nationwide Tour including the Mexican Open and the Knoxville Open and was runner-up at the Xerox Classic, which saw him earn his 2009 PGA Tour card after finishing 4th on the Nationwide Tour moneylist.
In the next few years he played on the PGA Tour with his best result coming at the Northern Trust Open where he finished 4th. The Victorian closed out his career in the US with well over US$2.5 million in prizemoney.
Lyle is survived by his wife Briony, and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.
“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” said Lyle’s wife Briony in a statement this morning.
“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.”