Australia’s Lyle dies following long cancer battle

Jarrod Lyle of Australia tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, February 2012. (Reuters pic)

MELBOURNE: Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died at the age of 36 after a long battle with cancer.

Lyle, who had two wins on the feeder Web.com tour in 2008 and played 121 US PGA Tour tournaments, was diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager and suffered a relapse in 2012.

He chose to halt all treatment last week.

“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” his wife Briony said in a statement on Thursday.

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

“Lusi, Jemma and I are filled with grief and now must confront our lives without the greatest husband and father we could ever have wished for.”