Jarrod Lyle

Jarrod Lyle
Personal information
Born(1981-08-21)21 August 1981
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
Died 8 August 2018(2018-08-08) (aged 36)
Torquay, Victoria, Australia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)
Nationality  Australia
Briony Harper(m. 2011)
Children 2
Turned professional 2004
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
Web.com Tour 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T48: 2008
The Open Championship CUT: 2006
PGA Championship DNP

Jarrod Lyle (21 August 1981 – 8 August 2018) was an Australian professional golfer. He won twice on the 2008 Nationwide Tour. He played a number of seasons on the PGA Tour; his best finish being tied for 4th place in the 2012 Northern Trust Open. Soon after this performance, Lyle was diagnosed with a recurrence of leukemia, in which he was diagnosed as a teenager. Subsequent treatment limited his playing time and in July 2018, Lyle decided to stop treatment. Lyle died on 8 August 2018 at the age of 36. [1] [2] [3]

Personal life

Lyle was born in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. [4] He got his start in golf at age six when he caddied for his father. [4]

At the age of 17, Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and was confined to his bed for nine months while undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the Royal Children's Hospital. [5] It took another 12 months before he had the energy to walk a golf course again. He began a friendship during that time with PGA Tour member and fellow Australian Robert Allenby. [5] He was diagnosed with a recurrence of the disease in March 2012. [6]

In July 2017, Lyle began treatment for another recurrence of the leukemia, [7] but a year later decided to end treatment and begin palliative care. [8] He died on 8 August 2018. [9] [10]

Lyle married his long-time partner Briony Harper in December 2011. They have two daughters. [4]


Lyle turned professional in 2004. [11] He played a number of tournaments on the 2005 Asian Tour and was runner-up twice, in the Macau Open and the Brunei Open. [12] He was runner-up in the 2006 ING New Zealand PGA Championship, an early season event co-sanctioned by the Nationwide Tour. He played on the remainder of 2006 Nationwide Tour and finished 18th on the money list and earning his PGA Tour card for 2007. [13] He made only three top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2007 and finished 164th on the money list and lost his Tour card. [13] Back on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, he won twice, at the Mexican Open and the Knoxville Open, and was runner-up in the Xerox Classic. [4] He finished 4th on the money list and earned his 2009 PGA Tour card. [13]

2009 was another disappointing season on the PGA Tour, his only top-10 finish being in the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun, an alternate event on the tour. [14] [15] In 2010 Lyle played tournaments on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour but finished 5th in the 2010 Q-School to earn his full card on the PGA Tour for 2011. Lyle scored a hole-in-one at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2011 on the par-3 16th 'Stadium Hole' winning $25,000 for a charity of his choice. [4] This was the first hole-in-one on the 16th in the Phoenix Open for nine years. [16] He regained his card with another good performance in the Q-School and played on the PGA Tour again 2012. [4] He had his best finish in a PGA Tour event in February 2012 when he tied for 4th place in the Northern Trust Open. [4] The following week, in the Mayakoba Golf Classic he was infected by an insect bite. [4] Subsequent tests resulted in the diagnosis of the recurrence of leukemia. [17]

After his second remission, Lyle made his return to competition at the Talisker Masters in late 2013 and made the cut. [18] In 2014, he played his first PGA Tour-sanctioned round in 29 months at the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic and finished T11. [19] Once Lyle made his allotted rehab Web.com Tour starts, he was able to return to the PGA Tour where he had 20 starts and had to earn $283,825 to match Kevin Chappell, the golfer who finished 125th on the 2012 PGA Tour money list. [20] Lyle made his first PGA Tour start since 2012 after Monday qualifying for the Frys.com Open in October 2014, [21] where he made the cut and finished T31. [22] Lyle was unable to meet the terms of his medical exemption and his leukemia returned in July 2017. [23]

Amateur wins

Professional wins (2)

Nationwide Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
13 Feb 2008 Mexican Open −17 (68-69-67-63=267)4 strokes United States Matt Every
222 Jun 2008 Knoxville Open −19 (68-66-69-66=269)Playoff^ United States Chris Kirk

^ Defeated Kirk with birdie on first extra hole. [24]

Results in major championships

U.S. Open T48
The Open Championship CUT

Note: Lyle never played in the Masters Tournament or the PGA Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Team appearances


See also


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  18. "Talisker Masters: Lyle's mission accomplished". Golf Australia. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  19. "Sucher wins Midwest Classic; Lyle ties for 11th". The Sports Network. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  20. Wacker, Brian (14 September 2016). "Leukemia survivor Jarrod Lyle, out of playing options, ponders life after golf". Golf Digest . Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  21. "Jarrod Lyle Monday Qualifies for Frys.com Open After Two-Year Cancer Battle". Golf Magazine . 7 October 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  22. "Frys.com Open 2014 Leaderboard". Golf Channel . Retrieved 9 August 2018.
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  24. "Lyle Prevails in Playoff at Knoxville Open". Golf Channel. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  25. Blake, Martin (27 January 2018). "I don't know how you're still going: Jarrod Lyle amazes doctors as cancer fight continues". The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 9 August 2018.