Professional golfer Jarrod Lyle dies at age 36 after battling leukemia

Professional golfer Jarrod Lyle died Wednesday in his native Australia at age 36 after a long battle with leukemia that inspired his fellow golfers around the world.

Golf Australia reported the news Wednesday with a statement from Lyle’s wife, Briony.

“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” she said. “He passed away peacefully at 8.20 pm last night, having spent his final week in Torquay among his family and close friends. …

“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.’ “

In an emotional Instagram post, Lyle and his family announced last week that he had decided to forgo further treatment and would receive palliative care at home.

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and several other golfers wore yellow ribbons on their caps and visors in Lyle’s honor during the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club last weekend.

Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17 and had fought through the latest

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