Jarrod Lyle: Australian golfer dies, aged 36, after ending treatment for leukaemia

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died of cancer aged 36.

Key points:

  • Jarrod Lyle made the decision to enter palliative care August 1
  • In a final statement he said his “time was short … but hopefully it wasn’t wasted”
  • He is survived by his wife Briony, and daughters Lusi and Jemma

It comes just eight days after he decided to end his treatment to go into palliative care.

Lyle had been undergoing his third stint of cancer treatment after a recurrence of acute myeloid leukaemia last year.

He 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,” Ms Lyle said in a statement.

A genuinely good bloke

Jarrod Lyle was a standout of a human being in golf’s increasingly cold world, writes Richard Hinds.

Ms Lyle said he died at 8:20pm Wednesday evening, surrounded by friends and family in Torquay.

“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’.”

Lyle had twice beaten cancer, in 1998 as a teenager and again in 2012, and returned to play professional golf prior to the third reoccurrence of his illness.

He made an emotional comeback to the course during the 2013 Australian Masters before trying his luck at using a medical exemption to win back his PGA Tour card in 2015.

Jarrod Lyle smiles and tips his hat with the entrance to Luna Park in the backgroundPHOTO: Jarrod Lyle is survived by his wife, Briony, and daughters Lusi and Jemma. (Supplied: Michael Klein)

The PGA Tour set up a fund to help Briony and their two children with medical costs throughout his health battles.

Lyle claimed two professional victories through his career, both in 2008 at the Mexican Open and Knoxville Open, and has a career-high USPGA ranking of 196.

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