Players, fans celebrate Jarrod Lyle at Aussie PGA

The fairways of Royal Pines will turn from green into a sea of yellow as players and fans alike celebrate the life of Jarrod Lyle this morning on day one of the Australian PGA Championship.

Golf’s biggest names will share their favourite stories of one of our biggest characters both off and on the course and will wear with pride the Leuk the Duck merchandise, which became synonymous with the big Victorian during his many battles with leukaemia.

Greg Chalmers Greg Chalmers (Credit: PGA Australia)

“It has a personal feel and that’s rare with charities,” ,” said Chalmers, the 2011 and 2014 Australian PGA champion.

“I run my own charity day for my charity at home and when it matters to you that’s what makes it real and important.”

“Even if you didn’t know him you only had to see how he interacted with people to understand what a quality human being he was.”

“It’s our chance to give back a little bit to all the other families that are struggling with this horrendous disease.”

Titleist players will wear yellow hats and shirts for today’s opening round of the Australian PGA Championship, which will also be available for sale to the general public via the Challenge website.

Leuk the Duck merchandise will be available for sale at Royal Pines throughout the tournament week.

“Titleist have gone to another level in helping to raise funds because Jarrod was a Titleist player and then every one of the players will be wearing yellow tomorrow. We want the fans to come out on Thursday and wear yellow as well,” said Chalmers.

“Nobody ever met Jarrod and ever had a bad experience. I can’t say enough about him.”

“One of my favourite things to say about him was that he was a better human being than he was a player…and he was a fabulous player.

“There’s a rare breed that can be wonderful golfers but also wonderful people and he was that.

“He is missed. I gave his wife a hug at the Australian Open a couple of weeks ago and I feel so sad for them that they have lost such a big part of their family.”