Jarrod Lyle, golf pro battling leukemia, dies at 36

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle dies aged 36

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle dies aged 36

It was announced last week week that Lyle had chosen not to seek further treatment in his long fight against cancer.

Lyle had battled leukemia on and off for much of his adult life.

He died on Wednesday, after spending his final days in the state of Victoria with family and friends, Golf Australia said in a statement.

Lyle overcame leukaemia as a 17-year-old before suffering a recurrence in 2012.

She added in a statement: "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".

"He asked that I provide a simple message: 'Thanks for your support, it meant the world". In his first season he finished 18th in the money list, earning himself a ticket to play on the US PGA Tour for 2007.

When finally he was fit enough to play competitively he reduced his handicap to scratch by the time he turned 19 and a couple of years later won a Victorian Institute of Sport golf scholarship.

"There will be a public memorial service at The Sands in Torquay at a date to be annouced later".

Tour pros rallied around Lyle's family in his final days. Competitors wore pins honoring Lyle at last week's Bridgestone Invitational.

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. The fund will support the education of Lyle's children.

At Bellerive County Club outside of St. Louis, Bryson DeChambeau announced Tuesday that he would donate his $25,000 prize in the PGA Championship Long Drive competition to the Lyle family.

You can find the link to the fund here.

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