Jarrod Lyle, Australian golfer, dies at 36

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2013 file photo, Jarrod Lyle of Australia tees off during the final round of the Australian Masters golf tournament at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne. Lyle has died after a long struggle with cancer. He was 36. "It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us," the golfer's wife, Briony Lyle, said in a statement Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
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Jarrod Lyle tees off during the final round of the Australian Masters golf tournament at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in November 2013/

NEW YORK — Jarrod Lyle, an Australian professional golfer who had five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour only to have his playing career interrupted by recurring bouts of cancer, died Wednesday, a year after his latest relapse. He was 36.

His death was confirmed by his wife, Briony, in a statement issued by Golf Australia, the sport’s governing body in the country.

Mr. Lyle turned professional in 2004 and first appeared on the PGA Tour in 2007. In 2008, he won two events on the Tour, a feeder for the PGA Tour. In all, he played in more than 120 PGA tournaments.


Mr. Lyle, who was first treated for cancer as a teenager, became a popular figure in the golfing community, recognized for his persistence in returning to play after facing health challenges. In 2015, he received the PGA Tour’s Courage Award, which is given to golfers who play despite physical disabilities or serious illnesses. (It was first awarded two years earlier to Erik Compton, who has had two heart transplants.)

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“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,” Jay Monahan, the commissioner of the PGA Tour, said in a statement.

Mr. Lyle was born in Shepparton, Australia. Although he started caddying for his father at age 7, he called himself a late bloomer compared with other professional golfers.

When he was 17, he learned he had acute myeloid leukemia. The cancer returned in 2012, when he was 30.

“He just got his whole life where he wants,” Robert Allenby, an Australian professional golfer who had known Mr. Lyle since he was a teenager, said after the diagnosis in 2012, according to the Associated Press. “He’s married. He has a new baby coming. He’s playing great golf. And now this.”