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Lyle makes toughest call

Jarrod Lyle

Australian golf’s greatest battler can fight no longer.

A gut-wrenching message from his wife Briony this evening outlined the impending heart-breaking end to Jarrod Lyle’s third fight with cancer.

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

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

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

Lyle returned to hospital in May, almost six months since his third stem cell transplant to ward off leukemia.

He had previously been in great spirits about his recovery and returned home to Torquay to resume what he and Briony had thought would be a “normal” life with their daughters, Lusi and Jemma.

Lyle, 36, twice a winner on the Web.Com Tour and one of the most revered figures in Australian golf, first fought leukemia in 1999, then again in 2012 before his third fight began in July last year.

Doctors have told the Lyles that there is no trace of leukemic cells in his body, but the damage done in the fight to regain his body’s immunity levels has taken an exhausting toll and made his past month a torturous and painful trial in the search for a workable cure.

“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,” Briony wrote.

“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.”


Posted by Shane killeen at
05/08/2018 10:42 PM
Your a fighter and an inspiration to everyone in life and in golf nest woshes to you and your family jarrod thanx for being the great guy you are
Posted by Kelly Harris at
03/08/2018 08:55 PM
Such sad news, what an inspiration you are and one incredible man. God bless you and your family, may the time you have left be filled with much love. Your illness does not define you, your strength and courage does.
Posted by John at
02/08/2018 01:31 PM
your courage is an inspiration to all
Posted by Arnaldo at
01/08/2018 08:25 PM
God bless you always Jarrod, I remember when you came to Berwick Montuna Junior tournament many years ago to share time with the juniors golfers. You are great ambassador
Posted by Daza at
01/08/2018 07:48 PM
You fought the good fight, winners never quit & quitters never win ,you are a winner truly inspiring god bless
Posted by Shane at
01/08/2018 07:34 PM
Thanks for being a great aussie Jarrod. I used to really enjoy watching you every year playing the big Aussie tournaments. Well done on a great career champ.
Posted by Brad James at
01/08/2018 06:27 PM
Best golfer I’ve ever had the privilege of playing with. His company has always been even better. God bless mate.
Posted by Chris Golfer at
01/08/2018 06:15 PM
A great golfer with a friendly attitude to all the people he met. Keep fighting mate, all Australia is with you.
Posted by John at
01/08/2018 03:30 PM
Very sad to hear Jarrod. Thanks for all the memories, we will not forget seeing you at the Aust Open. Be at peace for your remaining time and cherish the time that you can spend with Briony and the girls
Posted by Richard Weatherhead at
01/08/2018 03:16 PM
So sad. You're an inspiration mate.
Posted by Del at
01/08/2018 02:49 PM
Godspeed fella....
Posted by Rebelle Orduna at
01/08/2018 12:42 PM
May the Lord give you and your family the Love that only he can
Posted by bullant at
01/08/2018 10:05 AM
my mate jarrod
Posted by Tissa Fernando at
01/08/2018 09:10 AM
Will pray for you mate
Posted by harry thomas at
01/08/2018 08:09 AM
sorry to hear this Jarrod. clearly you have fought this in every possible way, thanks for the inspiration in life and golf.The clubs (gloves) are not off yet ,thanks man.🐺

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