Jarrod Lyle dead at 36

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Bryson De Chambeau prepares to make his winning swing at the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition at Bellerive

Our humble thanks to you all.

Briony said that Lyle was overwhelmed by the kind and generous acts the world had shown him in his final days and even wanted to provide a message to everyone who reached out during his battle. 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'.

A private funeral service is to be held for Lyle in coming days before a public memorial service, at a date yet to be announced, at Lyle's home club, The Sands golf course in Torquay, Victoria.

After a 30-year absence, the PGA Championship re-introduced the Long Drive Competition during the 2014 PGA Championship played at Valhalla, in Kentucky.

Lyle turned professional in 2004. He qualified for the Asian Tour in 2005 and started playing on the second tier of the US tour in 2006.

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

Lyle played in 121 events on the PGA Tour from 2006-16 and twice won on the Web.com Tour. His best finish on the PGA Tour came in 2012 when he finished in fourth place at the Northern Trust Open.

Experts believe he would have achieved much more had he not been plagued by leukaemia.

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It was following treatment for a cough in 2017, however, that doctors discover the cancer had returned for a third time.

Golf Australia paid respects with a video and said the game "has lost one of its greatest characters". But his health deteriorated again in recent months.

"Next week I'm going to hospital for a bone marrow transplant". He underwent a bone marrow transplant in December of a year ago.

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

"Jarrod will forever be an inspiration to us alI. rest easy mate".

On July 31st, his wife Briony posted a final photo to his always-active Instagram page, stating Jarrod would be ceasing active treatment for his illness and would be entering palliative care. "He has given everything that he's got to give, and his poor body can not take anymore".

Messages of support flowed from tour peers and others touched by his story around the globe. Lyle has died after a long struggle with cancer.

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