Wednesday, 16 January 2019
BREAKING NEWS

‘Cannot take any more’: Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle, 36, goes into palliative care

“Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care,” Briony wrote.

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“He has given everything that he’s got to give, and his poor body cannot take anymore.

“We’ll be taking him closer to home in the next couple of days so he can finally leave the hospital.

“We have done our best to ‘control’ the narrative surrounding Jarrod’s illness and treatment, and as more and more people become involved in this final process I’m not sure how much longer this development will remain private.

“Jarrod knows he is loved, and the thousands of prayers and well wishes that have been sent his way have kept him going through some incredibly tough times.

“But he has reached his limit, and the docs have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome.

“My focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead.

“Jarrod will be closer to them very soon, and will spend as much time as he can with them.

“When it’s appropriate, I will post details of a memorial service. In the meantime we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

Lyle courageously beat cancer, in 1998 as a teenager and again in 2012, and returned to play professional golf.

He made an emotional comeback to the course during the 2013 Australian Masters before trying his luck at using a medical exemption to win his PGA Tour card back in 2015.

The PGA Tour set-up a fund to help Briony and their two children Lusi and Jemma with medical costs throughout his health battles.

A very emotional Adam Scott has joined a chorus of Australian golfers sending heartfelt support to Lyle.

Speaking at Ohio’s Firestone Country Club ahead of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, former world No.1 Scott said Lyle had been an inspiration for 20 years.

“I can’t imagine being in that position; it’s unthinkable,” Scott said.

“He is one of the best blokes there is. Given all the difficulties he’s had since his late teens, he has lived the best life he could with the tough cards he has been dealt.

“He played such good golf while battling illness; he has been through it all.

“His positivity and general demeanour has been so good and so infectious on others; it’s a good way to think of how I should live my life.

“It shouldn’t have to have something like this to remember that’s what it’s all about.”

Former world No.1 Jason Day said the news hit him hard given Day’s mother Dening was treated for lung cancer last year, and his father Alvin died of stomach cancer when Day was young.

“It’s hard news to take and it is so unfortunate,” Day said.

“It puts things in perspective. We are out here trying to compete but at the end of the day there is life and family we need to be there for.

“We all love Jarrod. He’s such a good bloke. It’s not fair he’s going through this.”

Briony Lyle, wife of Jarrod, confirmed his third round of cancer in 2017.

Briony Lyle, wife of Jarrod, confirmed his third round of cancer in 2017.

Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui

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Three-time US Tour winner Marc Leishman was also emotional.

“I’m absolutely gutted for the whole family, Briony and the kids,” Leishman said.

“It’s been a hard road for Jarrod for so long, and he has fought so hard.

“He has always been the life of the party. He is a larger than life character and an inspiration to so many of us.”

Sydney native and former Web.com Tour winner Ewan Porter said Lyle’s colourful personality was essential as the pair climbed the ranks of American golf together.

“I’m a better man for having Jarrod Lyle in my life,” Porter said.

“At the Australian Open, he came into the commentary box and even then his spirits were so high.

“The way he has fought through such tumultuous times is such a huge credit to himself and his beautiful family.”

Lyle grew up in the regional Victorian city of Shepparton and still has family and many friends living there.

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