Tributes continue to be paid to Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle following his death at the age of 36 after a long battle against leukemia.
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 leukaemia 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.
In a final message, Lyle 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.”
Open champion Francesco Molinari was one of many players to pay tribute on social media, writing on Twitter: “Incredibly sad news about Jarrod Lyle. Tough times for everyone on tour losing someone so special but I cannot imagine what he and his family went and are going through. RIP.”
Fellow Australian and former world number one Jason Day, who is competing in this week’s US PGA Championship, wrote: “Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend Jarrod Lyle.
“Jarrod will forever be an inspiration to us all. Ellie, Dash, Lucy and I send condolences to Briony, Lusi and Jemma. Rest easy mate. We will miss you.
Lyle’s 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.”
American Bryson DeChambeau, who won the long drive competition at Bellerive on Tuesday, announced he will donate his winnings to Lyle’s family.
Tiger Woods, who also made a donation to Lyle’s family via his foundation, said after his opening round at Bellerive: “I got a chance to play with Jarrod at Firestone years ago and it’s sad because he’s part of us.
“He’s a player and it’s always tough when you see one of us struggle like that and what his family have to endure now, those kids without a dad.
“All the Aussies loved the guy and it’s a tough loss for all of us.”
Many players wore yellow ribbons, which is a symbol to raise awareness about cancer, in the first round of the US PGA Championship, while Rickie Fowler also switched to a yellow shirt.
“The last few weeks we’ve all been thinking about Jarrod a lot,” Fowler said. “I was scripted to wear dark blue but immediately changed.
“It’s definitely tough. Jarrod wouldn’t want us out here feeling sorry and feeling bad, he would tell us to go out and have some fun.
“You’re trying to go out there and keep living life like he did, but it’s unfortunate that he’s not here with us.”