Lyle 'forever an inspiration' to fellow golfers after cancer battle

Sports | 10 Aug 2018

Tributes flowed for Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle after he lost his battle with cancer, dying aged 36 after halting treatment for leukemia last week.

"It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us," his wife Briony said.

The former US PGA Tour player, who had children aged six and two, passed away on Wednesday evening at his home outside Melbourne surrounded by family and friends.

Briony said her husband passed on a final message to those who had supported him throughout his career and his work as an ambassador with the Challenge foundation, which helps support children with cancer.

"Thanks for your support, it meant the world," Lyle had said. "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."

Lyle, who had two wins on the Web.com tour in 2008 and played 121 PGA Tour tournaments, was diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager and suffered a relapse in 2012. He had a bone marrow transplant last year but the illness returned.

The European Tour was among many to pay tribute, saying: "Full of joy and determination, on and off the course. This is how we'll remember Jarrod."

Golf Australia paid respects with a video and said the game "has lost one of its greatest characters."

World No 3 Justin Rose called it a "sad day" while Australian Jason Day said Lyle would "forever be an inspiration." British Open champion Francesco Molinari said it was "tough times for everyone on tour losing someone so special."

Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy tweeted: "The courage shown through his battle is an inspiration to all of us. He made the world a better place." Australian Marc Leishman added: "It's a life taken way too soon. He showed us how to face the toughest times with the utmost positivity and his fight to the very end was so inspiring."

Bryson DeChambeau, who won the long drive competition ahead of the PGA Championship, donated the US$25,000 (HK$195,000) prize to Lyle's family.

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