'My time was short' - Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle dead at 36

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Lyle, 36, spent his final days surrounded by loved ones when he made a decision to go into palliative care after ending treatment for a third bout of myeloid leukaemia.

A GoFundMe page created to support Lyle's wife, Bri, and their two daughters, Lusi and Jemma, had raised $79,300 of its $200,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon.

Lyle was diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager and suffered a relapse in 2012 - he chose to halt all treatment last week.

He earned his PGA Tour card in 2007 and won two tournaments on the second-tier Web.com Tour in 2008.

"It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us", Briony said in a statement on Thursday.

Briony Lyle said her husband had asked her to pass on a "simple message: 'Thanks for your support, it meant the world".

"Thank you for showing us how to go about life and how to treat others.

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", PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. Over the years I have read messages from so many people who were dealing with the same thing and told Jarrod he was an inspiration in their own battle.

"Because he played both the European and American tours just about everyone knew him, and there wasn't a person who knew him that didn't love him". We said goodbye and walked out singing the Melbourne Football Club song that Jarrod cherished so much.


"Jarrod - you have exemplified strength and courage for your wife and handsome daughters, for Australia and for the golf community that has walked this road with you for many years", he tweeted.

Jarrod Lyle did not quite make 37.

He thanked his many "friends around the world, whether they´re spectators, whether they´re golfers, whether they´re marshals".

Lyle was initially diagnosed as a teenager in 1999, but it resurfaced twice, most recently previous year. It's way too short a life for anyone, not least a man who brought such infectious joy to his world, and not to mention a golfer of his considerable talents.

"He's fought that battle for over half his life, and it never got him down".

Lyle underwent a bone marrow transplant last December but last week decided not to continue with treatment after saying he'd "reached his limit". "They need that more than anything right now".

There will be a public memorial service at The Sands in Torquay on Thursday, September 27.

He made an emotional comeback at the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the U.S. PGA Tour in 2015.

"As per Jarrod's wish, please donate to Challenge in lieu of gifts or flowers".

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