Lyle loses battle with cancer

Jarrod Lyle death

Pro Golfer Jarrod Lyle Dead at 36

Another Australian golfer, Greg Chalmers, said was "through a river of tears I say goodbye to my friend Jarrod Lyle".

With a contagious smile, a sense of humor and a deep determination to keep playing golf, Jarrod Lyle endeared himself to people around the world during a long struggle against cancer. He's wearing a yellow ribbon on his hat for remembrance.

"He's front and center", said Fowler. He'd probably come out here and kick us in the butt and tell us to man up and go have some fun.

"It's a little bit bittersweet". "Definitely happy we could be here and supporting Jarrod".

Mark Washington, who was one of the main drivers behind establishing the classic, said Lyle's influence at the club would never be forgotten.

In an near-perfect ball-striking display, former world No.1 Day missed only one green in regulation while finding 12 of 14 fairways. Now to see his kids without a dad.

"He was such a nice guy".

Jarrod Lyle's legacy will live on at Shepparton Golf Club in many more ways than one. "I can't explain in words just how hard he has fought this thing".

"Tough times for everyone on tour losing someone so special but I can not imagine what he and his family went and are going through".

"It can work as a benefit if you go about it the right way".

Lyle's wife Briony says the popular sportsman passed away on Wednesday night.

Jarrod chose to discontinue his cancer treatments last week. "My time was short but if I have helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn't wasted".

He had a bone marrow transplant a year ago, but the illness returned and the Australian chose to halt all treatment last week.

Fowler noted that he was not as close to Lyle as Australian players such as Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Jason Day, but that he felt it was important to acknowledge him in some way.

The victor of the traditional pre-tournament long drive competition, American golfer Bryson de Chambeau, pledged to donate his $25,000 charity winnings to Lyle's family. He was diagnosed with leukaemia as a youth and twice thought he had beaten cancer only to have it return previous year.

Lyle, who joined the PGA Tour in 2007 and managed a handful of top 10 finishes, overcame leukemia as a 17-year-old before suffering a recurrence in 2012.

Lyle underwent a bone marrow transplant last December but last week decided not to continue with treatment after saying he'd "reached his limit".

"The couple have two daughters, Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2, who are filled with grief and now must confront our lives without the greatest husband and father we could ever have wished for".

His plight touched people around the world and his wife said the messages of support comforted him as his life drew to a close.

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