Jarrod Lyle

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Jarrod Lyle
Personal information
Born(1981-08-21)21 August 1981
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
Died8 August 2018(2018-08-08) (aged 36)
Torquay, Victoria, Australia
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Spouse
Briony Harper(m. 2011)
Children2
Career
Turned professional2004
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Nationwide Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
Korn Ferry Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Open T48: 2008
The Open Championship CUT: 2006

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, with 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]

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot play in amateur tournaments

In the sport of golf, the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. An amateur who breaches the rules of amateur status may lose their amateur status. A golfer who has lost their amateur status may not play in amateur competitions until amateur status has been reinstated; a professional may not play in amateur tournaments unless the Committee is notified, acknowledges and confirms the participation. It is very difficult for a professional to regain their amateur status; simply agreeing not to take payment for a particular tournament is not enough. A player must apply to the governing body of the sport to have amateur status reinstated.

The 2008 Nationwide Tour season ran from January 24 to November 9. The season consisted of 30 official money golf tournaments, five of which were played outside the United States. The top 25 players on the year-end money list earned their PGA Tour card for 2009.

PGA Tour Golf tour in the United States

The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as PGA Tour Champions and the Korn Ferry Tour, as well as PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour China. The PGA Tour is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.

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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]

Acute myeloid leukemia myeloid leukemia that is characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow and interfere with the production of normal blood cells

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal cells that build up in the bone marrow and blood and interfere with normal blood cells. Symptoms may include feeling tired, shortness of breath, easy bruising and bleeding, and increased risk of infection. Occasionally, spread may occur to the brain, skin, or gums. As an acute leukemia, AML progresses rapidly and is typically fatal within weeks or months if left untreated.

Royal Childrens Hospital Hospital in Victoria, Australia

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) is a major children's hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Robert Allenby professional golfer

Robert Allenby is an Australian professional golfer.

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, less than two weeks before his 37th birthday. [9] [10]

Palliative care is an interdisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with chronic conditions. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress at any stage of illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the person and their family. Evidence as of 2016 supports palliative care's efficacy in the improvement of a patient's quality of life.

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

Career

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]

The 2005 Asian Tour was the 11th season of the modern Asian Tour, the main men's professional golf tour in Asia excluding Japan, since it was established in 1995. Thaworn Wiratchant won the Order of Merit, becoming the first player to pass $500,000 earnings in a season.

The Macau Open is a men's professional golf tournament on the Asian Tour which takes place in Macau. It was founded in 1998. The venue is the Macau Golf and Country Club at Coloane. The best known golfer who won the tournament is eight-time European Tour Order of Merit champion Colin Montgomerie. In 2016, the purse was US$1,100,000.

The Brunei Open was an Asian Tour golf tournament. The 2005 staging was Brunei's first ever professional golf tournament, and it was won by Terry Pilkadaris of Australia. The event is held at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Empire Hotel and Country Club. In 2010 the prize fund was US$300,000.

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
victory
Runner-up
13 Feb 2008 Mexican Open −17 (68-69-67-63=267)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Matt Every
222 Jun 2008 Knoxville Open −19 (68-66-69-66=269)Playoff^ Flag of the United States.svg Chris Kirk

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

Results in major championships

Tournament200620072008
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

Amateur

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