Pro golfer Jarrod Lyle dies at 36 after ending cancer treatment

Australian professional golfer Jarrod Lyle has died at 36 years old, days after deciding to end active treatment of acute myeloid leukemia.

Lyle is survived by his wife Briony and daughters Lusi, 6 and Jemma, 2. Briony provided a statement Wednesday breaking the news.

“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us. He passed away peacefully at 8:20 p.m. 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.”

Jarrod Lyle ended cancer treatment on July 31

Briony announced on Facebook on July 31 that Lyle would undergo palliative care to ease the suffering of the disease he had battled for 20 years.

“My heart breaks as I type this message,” Briony wrote. “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.”

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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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Lyle successfully fought back cancer twice

Lyle’s final bout with cancer was his third. He defeated the disease after being diagnosed at age 17 and went on to earn his PGA Tour card in 2007. The cancer returned in 2012. Lyle fought it back once again and went on to compete in 42 more professional golf tournaments, 20 of them on the PGA Tour.

Lyle competed in more than 250 world-ranked events over his career, reaching a career-high of 142nd in the World Golf Ranking. He recorded five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour between 2009 and 2012.

The cancer returned for a third time last year, and he underwent a haploidentical transplant, a blood transfusion process, in December. Lyle had trouble with his speech and eyesight leading up to the decision to end cancer treatment, according to the PGA Tour.

“He asked that I provide a simple message,” Briony wrote in her Wednesday statement. ‘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.'”

Golf community rallies around Lyle family

The golf community rallied around the Lyle family after Briony made the announcement about his decision to stop treatment.

Tiger Woods reportedly donated $10,000 to a fund for Lyle’s daughters while Bryson DeChambeau pledged his $25,000 in charity winnings from a long-drive contest to the Lyles.

“Jarrod Lyle, the story, it’s just so sad,” DeChambeau said about his decision prior to Lyle’s death. “His kids are suffering, obviously, from it and the whole family is. And I just thought it would be the right thing to give it to [daughters] Lusi and Jemma. They deserve that and they need that more than anything right now.”

Fellow Australian and PGA Tour Pro Adam Scott spoke highly of Lyle when news broke that he was ending his treatment.

“I can’t imagine being in that position,” Scott told the PGA Tour. “It’s unthinkable. 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.”

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan responded to the news of Lyle’s death on Wednesday

“We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Jarrod Lyle,” Monohan said in a statement. “Jarrod was a true inspiration in the way he faced cancer with a persistently positive attitude, and he carried himself with incredible grace, dignity and courage through the recurrences of this relentless disease.”

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