ST. LOUIS, MO- Golf fans can expect plenty of excitement Thursday as the 100th PGA Championship tees off at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, but spectators in person and viewers on television may spot some players with heavy hearts and yellow ribbons on the course too.
On Wednesday, the golf world learned of the passing of Jarrod Lyle, a professional golfer from Australia. Lyle, 36, had battled acute myeloid leukemia. FOX News reports that Lyle fought the disease off and on since he was 17.
“We have been blessed and overwhelmed with the messages and actions of support from around the world and feel comforted that Jarrod was able to happily impact so many people throughout his life. Our humble thanks to you all,” Lyle’s wife Briony said in a statement released by the PGA of Australia.
When word came recently that Lyle was ceasing treatment, golfers on the PGA tour here in the US wore ribbons in his honor.
The golf world gathered here mourned his loss.
Jarrod Lyle (1981-2018)
The Australian always competed with a rare combination of grit and gratitude.
He leaves us all with his legacy of courage. pic.twitter.com/UXc6QnbnkT
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend Jarrod Lyle. Jarrod will forever be an inspiration to us alI. Ellie, Dash, Lucy and I send condolences to Briony, Lusi and Jemma. Rest easy mate. We will miss you.
— Jason Day (@JDayGolf) August 9, 2018
— Brendan Steele (@Brendan_Steele) August 9, 2018
Chills just ran down my spine when I heard that Jarrod Lyle passed away! I will be donating a portion of my check this week from the @PGAChampionship to his families go fund me account. RIP mate we will see you on the other side..😔
— Andrew Landry (@andrewlgolf) August 9, 2018
He'll will wipe
away every tear
from their eyes,
and death shall
be no more,
there be mourning,
nor crying, nor pain anymore for the
former things have passed away#jarrodlyle pic.twitter.com/c3TSzMqtkD
— Steve Elkington (@elkpga) August 8, 2018
In addition to his wife, Lyle is survived by two daughters, Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.