Cape Town – Golfers from around the world paid tribute to Jarrod Lyle on Thursday after the Australian’s family announced his death at the age of 36 following a long battle with cancer.
Lyle, who had two wins on the feeder Web.com tour in 2008 and played 121 PGA Tour tournaments, was diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager and suffered a relapse in 2012.
He had a bone marrow transplant last year but the illness returned and he chose to halt all treatment last week.
“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” his wife Briony said in a statement on Thursday.
“He passed away peacefully … 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.”
She added that her husband had managed to pass on a final message to those who had supported him throughout his career and through his work as an ambassador with the Challenge foundation, which helps support children with cancer.
“Thanks for your support, it meant the world,” the golfer 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’s decision to end treatment last week prompted an outpouring of support for his family and the foundation.
World No 2 Justin Thomas dedicated his WGC tournament victory last week to Lyle, while Bryson DeChambeau, who won the long drive competition in the build-up to this week’s PGA Championship, donated the $25 000 prize to Lyle’s family.
“We are very sad to hear of Jarrod Lyle’s passing,” South African golfer Ernie Els said on Twitter.
“He fought a good fight and will be forever remembered for his courage, strength, perseverance and the light he brought to all of our lives.
“The world lost a good man.”
We are very sad to hear of Jarrod Lyle’s passing. He fought a good fight and will be forever remembered for his courage, strength, perseverance and the light he brought to all of our lives. The world lost a good man. RIP Jarrod. – Ernie, Liezl, Samantha and Ben
— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) August 8, 2018
RIP Jarrod Lyle….????
Your strength, perseverance and courage was a example for all.
— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) August 8, 2018
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 8, 2018
It is through a river of tears I say goodbye to my friend Jarrod Lyle. A wonderful father, friend and golfer. Quick with a joke, didn’t mind a beer, and just a pure joy to be around every day. Miss you mate. RIP
— Greg Chalmers (@GregChalmersPGA) August 8, 2018
Incredibly sad news about Jarrod Lyle. Tough times for everyone on tour losing someone so special but I cannot imagine what he and his family went and are going through. RIP
— Francesco Molinari (@F_Molinari) August 8, 2018
We are truly heartbroken today as we say goodbye to our friend Jarrod Lyle. Jarrod showed amazing courage and grace throughout his battle, and we will miss him dearly. We send our deepest sympathies to the entire Lyle family. pic.twitter.com/90bP8iyQTN
— Titleist (@Titleist) August 8, 2018
RIP Jarrod Lyle, 36.
Loved his family, his friends, a beer, a laugh & playing golf.
Great sportsman, great character – but even greater inspiration. pic.twitter.com/OlPJ3QrLxL
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 9, 2018
Rest in peace, Jarrod Lyle.
You’ll always have your TOUR card. pic.twitter.com/p93dlsPH4M
— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) August 9, 2018
Tough to know that we just lost a great person in this world! RIP Jarrod Lyle! You will be greatly missed my friend! ??
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) August 8, 2018
He’ll will wipe
away every tear
from their eyes,
and death shall
be no more,
there be mourning,
nor crying, nor pain anymore for the
former things have passed away#jarrodlyle pic.twitter.com/c3TSzMqtkD
— Steve Elkington (@elkpga) August 8, 2018
My fiancé Kelley and I have been so moved by the support for Jarrod Lyle and his family that we wanted to help with Lusi and Jemma’s education by donating to link below, hopefully you can help too! ???? https://t.co/rjMmibjQDO
— Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@JonRahmpga) August 8, 2018
Jarrod Lyle has passed away at age 36. https://t.co/nWgAUbRjII
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 2018
It is with a heavy heart we hear of the passing of Jarrod Lyle.
Rest easy, mate. ?? pic.twitter.com/593cJTSv0i
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) August 8, 2018
Jarrod Lyle has passed away today, aged 36. https://t.co/w6tFpF5mXZ
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 8, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend Jarrod Lyle. Jarrod will forever be an inspiration to us alI. Ellie, Dash, Lucy and I send condolences to Briony, Lusi and Jemma. Rest easy mate. We will miss you.
— Jason Day (@JDayGolf) August 9, 2018
Such sad news about Jarrod Lyle’s passing. A quality man who inspired us all. A life well lived and a battle bravely fought. Thoughts and love to his wife, his girls and his family. RIP.
— Tony Johnstone (@TonyJohnstone56) August 9, 2018