Pro golfer Jarrod Lyle ends cancer treatment, will begin palliative care

After more than two decades of battling acute myeloid leukemia, former PGA Tour golfer Jarrod Lyle has been placed in palliative care, his wife, Bri, announced on social media on Tuesday.

“My heart breaks as I type this message,” Bri Lyle wrote on Facebook. “Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care. He has given everything that he’s got to give, and his poor body cannot take anymore. We’ll be taking him closer to home in the next couple of days so he can finally leave the hospital.

“Jarrod knows he is loved, and the thousands of prayers and well wishes that have been sent his way have kept him going through some incredibly tough times. But he has reached his limit, and the docs have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome.

“My focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead. Jarrod will be closer to them very soon, and will spend as much time as he can with them.”

Lyle was diagnosed with cancer when he was 17. The Australian beat the first battle, and earned his PGA Tour card in 2007. The next year, he won twice on the Web.com Tour.

The 36-year-old’s cancer returned in 2012, though he beat it again and made it back to the golf course — competing in 42 tournaments, including 20 on the PGA Tour.

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Jarrod Lyle official PGA TOUR headshot. (Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
(AUSTRALIA OUT) 2005 Heineken Golf Classic. Royal Melbourne. Jarrod Lyle watching his tee shot on the 11th. Taken 4th February 2005. Picture by SEBASTIAN COSTANZO. (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 10: Jarrod Lyle (Australia) with his duck club cover, on day one of the New Zealand golf open at Gulf Harbour Country Club, Whangaparoa, New Zealand, Thursday February 10, 2005. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 27: Jarrod Lyle of Australia chips from a bunker onto the 13th green during the final day of the ING New Zealand PGA Championships at Clearwater Golf Club on February 27, 2005 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Dean Treml/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 25: Jarrod Lyle of Australia attends a press conference after his third round on the third day of the New Zealand PGA Championship held at the Clearwater Golf Club February 25, 2006 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Simon Fergusson/Getty Images)
KILDARE, IRELAND - MAY 20: Jarrod Lyle of Australia in action during the 3rd round of the Nissan Irish Open at Carton House Golf Club on May 20, 2006, in Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: Jarrod Lyle of Australia hits his approach shot on the first hole during the final round of the 2006 Mastercard Masters at Huntingdale Golf Club November 26, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
COOLUM BEACH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06: Jarrod Lyle of Australia plays a shot during day three of the Australian PGA Championship at the Hyatt Regency Resort on December 6, 2008 at Coolum Beach, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 19: Jarrod Lyle of Australia laughs while lining up a putt during the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Golf Club held on February 19, 2010 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, NSW - NOVEMBER 13: Jarrod Lyle of Australia during day four of the 2011 Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club on November 13, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Corbis/Marianna Massey/Corbis)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13: Jarrod Lyle of Australia looks on during a press conference during previews ahead of the 2012 Australian Masters at Kingston Heath Golf Club on November 13, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 12: Jarrod Lyle of Australiawipes a tear from his eye as he speaks to the media during previews ahead of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13: Jarrod Lyle of Australia looks on during a press conference during previews ahead of the 2012 Australian Masters at Kingston Heath Golf Club on November 13, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14: Jarrod Lyle of Australia hits an approach shot during round one of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 14, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14: Jarrod Lyle of Australia acknowledges the crowd after playing round one of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 14, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14: Jarrod Lyle of Australia hugs wife Briony Lyle after the 18th hole during round one of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 14, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Jarrod Lyle of Australia celebrates as he makes the green on the 4th hole during round four of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 17, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Jarrod Lyle of Australia hugs his daughter Lusi after completing his round during round four of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 17, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27: Jarrod Lyle of Australia walks the 11th fairway during day one of the 2014 Australian Open at The Australian Golf Course on November 27, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
NAPA, CA - OCTOBER 15: Jarrod Lyle of Australia stands on the tenth green during the first round of the Frys.com Open at the North Course of the Silverado Resort and Spa on October 15, 2015 in Napa, California. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
NATADOLA, FIJI - OCTOBER 07: Jarrod Lyle of Australia tees off during day two of the 2016 Fiji International at Natadola Bay Golf Course on October 7, 2016 in Natadola, Fiji. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: Jarrod Lyle of Australia tees off during day two of the 2016 Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort on December 2, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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His last tournament was in May 2017 at the Western Australia PGA Championship. He tied for 45th. He reached a career-high 142nd in the World Golf Rankings, and has competed in more than 250 world-ranked events in his career.

The cancer returned for a third time last year, and he underwent a haploidentical transplant in December. According to the PGA Tour, Lyle had trouble with his eyesight and speech in recent weeks, as the constant battle with cancer had taken its toll.

“Our entire Tour family is grieving this news, but we certainly respect and support his decision to spend the coming days with his beautiful family – it’s a decision true to everything he has stood for throughout his life and career: grace, dignity and an unending love of family,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said. “We are respecting Jarrod’s family’s request for privacy, but they know we are here for whatever they need during this difficult time and beyond.”

Many on the PGA Tour were hit hard by the news, and offered tributes on social media.

“I can’t imagine being in that position. It’s unthinkable,” golfer and fellow countrymen Adam Scott told the PGA Tour. “He is one of the best blokes there is. Given all the difficulties he’s had since his late teens, he has lived the best life he could with the tough cards he has been dealt.

“He has done better than anyone would have. He was out on TOUR for so long, playing such good golf while battling illness. He has been through it all. His positivity and general demeanor have been so good and so infectious on others; it’s a good way to think of how I should live my life.”

Fellow Australian Jason Day also spoke about Lyle ahead of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational this week in Ohio.

“We all love Jarrod. He’s such a good bloke,” Day told the PGA Tour. “It’s not fair he’s going through this. It is going to be tough going forward for his family, sadly no amount of wishing and wanting can change some things. But I am sure everyone in the golf community will continue to support them the best we can.”

Even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted out his condolences.

The PGA Tour established a fund earlier this year to help his family with medical costs and to help his two daughters, Lusi and Jemma. He has been in Melbourne, Australia, since his procedure in December, which is just a 90-minute drive from his home in Torquay.

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