A chorus of golfers from around the world have joined thousands of other well-wishers in sending heartfelt tributes to the family of Jarrod Lyle after news broke that the Australian passed away after a long battle with cancer.
The 36 year old had been fighting cancer for a third time following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia last year, and after his condition deteriorated in hospital recently – affecting his eyesight and speech – Lyle decided to stop receiving cancer treatment and began palliative care.
Golfers, friends and many other notable figures took to social media to express their sadness after hearing about Lyle’s condition and death.
Thank you for being an inspiration @jarrodlylepga. Your bravery and strength has been so admirable and we all salute you. Please know that your journey hasn’t been alone, thinking of you and the family ❤️— Tommy Fleetwood (@TommyFleetwood1) July 31, 2018
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
So sad to hear. Wish I would’ve known Jarrod better, but the times I spent around him were nothing but so cheerful and amazing. ALL OF US this week on @PGATOUR in Akron will be thinking of @jarrodlylepga and his family 🙌🏼 https://t.co/2o1KH5m1wY— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) July 31, 2018
Life is precious and we all take it for granted too often - seeing the picture of @jarrodlylepga hugging his family with not long to live brought tears to my eyes. Peace be with you, you will be missed Jarrod x— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) July 31, 2018
Don’t know what to say but @jarrodlylepga is one of the best, most humble guys I ever met.. Life isn’t fair and he deserves better.. We are praying for him and his family, and you should too.. #cancersucks— Brandt Snedeker (@BrandtSnedeker) August 1, 2018
Sad news today about @jarrodlylepga. He fought an unbelievable fight for so long. Awful that it ends this way. He was a blast to hang around, could make you laugh & put a smile on your face. Horschel family sends all their love & support to his wife Bri, daughters Lusi and Jemma— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) July 31, 2018
Lyle was first diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager in 1999 and after beating it relapsed in 2012. The Australian fought back courageously to return to play professional golf, and in 2016 he made the first hole-in-one of the European Tour season at the Australian PGA Championship – acing the par three fifth at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
Throughout his golfing career Lyle was known for his prowess from the tee on par threes. In 2011 he made a hole-in-one at the iconic 16th at TPC Scottsdale in the Waste Management Phoenix Open – a hole famously aced by Tiger Woods in 1997.
Four years later Lyle hit the headlines for making two aces in a charity match in Melbourne, Australia – an event which raised funds for children's cancer causes.
Jarrod will be sorely missed by the golfing community.