Jarrod Lyle dies after long cancer battle

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle seen with his daughter Lusi died at 36 on Wednesday days after ending active treatment for leukemia. More

Lyle's wife Briony said the popular sportsman died on Wednesday night.

"My heart breaks as I type this message", Bri Lyle wrote on Jarrod's Facebook page last week.

"He passed away peacefully. last night having spent his final week in Torquay among his family and close friends".

He was survived by Briony and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.

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

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.

She also explained that her husband wanted donations to be made to charity Challenge, in place of gifts and flowers.

Lyle's leukemia returned in 2012, but he was again declared cancer-free a year later and returned to action on Tour.

Jason Day, who is among the Australians playing this week at the PGA Championship in St. Louis, said he was "deeply saddened" by the passing "passing of my friend Jarrod Lyle". The affable Australian, who won twice on the Web.com Tour and posted five top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour, had been waging a almost 20-year battle with leukemia.

"He made me smile the minute I met him".

Once again, Lyle was able to fight back, making an emotional return to the game he loved at the 2013 Australian Masters.

English golfer Justin Rose was among those paying tribute to Lyle.

"Jarrod and I have been friends for 25 years and I am lucky to have spent a lot of quality time with Jarrod during those 25 years, " Bull said. The golf world had rallied around Lyle's family since a somber announcement last week. "This is how we'll remember Jarrod", it said.

"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.

Gow says one incredible trait perfectly sums up the incredible human being that Lyle was - even during his darkest days.

USA pro golfer Bryson DeChambeau won the Long Drive Competition on the 10th hole of Bellerive on Tuesday, and donated the $25,000 to Jarrod Lyle's daughters.

Lyle underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia but opted recently not to continue with treatment after saying he'd "reached his limit" and that he and his doctors had agreed that a "positive outcome" was no longer achievable.

Jarrod Lyle with daughters Lusi and Jemma.

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