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My time was short, hopefully it wasn’t wasted: Jarrod Lyle loses cancer battle

The Nationwide Tour winner was 36 years old.

Jarrod Lyle has died aged 36 after a long battle against leukemia.

In a final message, the Nationwide Tour winner 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”.

Figures from across the golfing world paid tribute to Lyle, who was described as a “true inspiration” by PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.

Many hailed the golfer’s perseverance and determination to succeed despite suffering from the disease several times in his life.

Ernie Els said Lyle “fought a good fight and will be forever remembered for his courage, strength, perseverance and the light he brought to all of our lives”.

Justin Rose tweeted: “Such a sad day, we will all miss you so much Jarrod. Thinking of his family at this time. #RIPJarrod #BucketHat”

And Tommy Fleetwood said: “Can’t send enough love and well wishes to the Lyle family at this time. Can only imagine what his family are going through. Inspirational man !!”

Justin Thomas described Lyle as “a great one”, while fellow Australian golfer Aron Price said on Twitter: “Even though we knew it was coming it’s still hard to write. RIP great man Jarrod Lyle”

A father to daughters Jemma, two, and Lusi, six, Lyle died at 8.20pm (11.20am BST) on Wednesday in Torquay, Victoria, his wife, Briony, said.

She added in a statement: “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.”

Lyle, who won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, was first diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager and suffered recurrences of the disease in 2012 and 2017.

His family announced in late July that he had opted not to seek further treatment and would receive palliative care at home.

His wife said they had been “overwhelmed with the messages and actions of support from around the world”.

“She added: “(We) feel comforted that Jarrod was able to happily impact so many people throughout his life. Our humble thanks to you all.

“Jarrod was able to take in many of the unbelievably kind and generous acts and words in his final few days and was overwhelmed by the emotional outpouring.

“He asked that I provide a simple message: ‘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’.”

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