Day in tears after death of 'good buddy' Lyle

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

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 19, 2012. Fowler spoke with Lyle last week. In that same vein, when word spread that Lyle had finally succumbed to the cancer on Wednesday, the golf world collectively shed a tear in mourning.

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee tweeted his support to Lyle's family, describing him as the "greatest, nicest Australian golfer I have met". "Jarrod wouldn't want us out here feeling sorry for him or feeling bad or anything".

"Two under is a really good score, considering out on the course I was constantly thinking about Jarrod; it was a sad day", Leishman said. "You're trying to go out there and keep living life like he did, but it's unfortunate that he's not here with us".

"I was lucky enough to be able to talk to him last Friday, so one thing that did help is hearing kind of from him how he felt", Fowler said.

She also passed along a message from her husband, who recently chose to end his leukemia treatments and begin palliative care after three different fights with the cancer. Obviously that's not something that's easy to deal with. "At the same time, 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".

The American golfer said his heart went out to the children of Lyle, who lost his battle with myeloid leukaemia, aged 36.

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"I'm definitely happy about the start".

"He's a buddy, but he's not there anymore and he's never going to come back", said Day, who used to live close to Lyle in Orlando, Florida. In recalling Lyle's life, 2015 PGA victor Day noted his friend's determination to make the most of life, fighting to enjoy every possible day.

Lyle was diagnosed in 1999 and spent much of the next nine months in a hospital in Melbourne.

Tiger Woods, a 14-time major victor, keenly felt the loss from golf's touring brotherhood. "It's going to be a tough loss for all of us". "It's sad. He's one of us". "No matter what you did, you could be playing awful, and if you're playing golf with him, you always walked off the golf course happy". Now to see his kids without a dad.

The 12-time US Tour victor has only bettered Thursday's driving display once, during the 2006 Barracuda Championship.

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