Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle dies aged 36

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Lyle's wife Bri announced on July 31 that Jarrod, 36, had entered palliative care and treatments for his acute myeloid leukemia would be stopped.

Lyle spent his final days surrounded by loved ones when he chose to go into palliative care after ending treatment for a third bout of myeloid leukaemia.

Lyle's wife Briony said the popular sportsman died on Wednesday night. "He passed away peacefully at 8.20 p.m. last night having spent his final week among his family and close friends".

"There are a lot of people struggling in the world right now", DeChambeau said, "but I just felt that what Jarrod has battled through is valiant and it's a tough battle, obviously, and not everybody wins. My time was short but if I have helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn't wasted".

The death of Lyle, a victor of two professional tournaments, had left the PGA Tour "heartbroken", the tour's commissioner Jay Monahan said.

The PGA Tour set up a fund to help Briony and their two children with medical costs throughout his health battles.

"We will hold an intimate and private family service in the coming days".

"All along, he was displaying not only great golf to the galleries, but spreading love and messages of hope and inspiration to thousands worldwide who admired his personable demeanor", it said.

"Last year in December he couldn't be there because he was back in hospital receiving treatment, but he sent through a video message and that was great to have".

DeChambeau, a Californian who turns 25 next month, said he met Lyle when he competed in Australia at the end of 2015. "Miss you mate. RIP".

Word of Lyle's passing caused an outpouring of messages of sadness and condolence, as well as tributes to his character and perseverance, from PGA stars.

"It was a big thing for him with the "Jarrod Lyle Day" on radio in Melbourne on Monday".

It is with a sad heart and tears in my eyes that I write this after hearing the news of the passing of my friend and hero Jarrod Lyle. Our humble thanks to you all.

He thanked his many "friends around the world, whether they're spectators, whether they're golfers, whether they're marshals".

Tough times for everyone on tour losing someone one special, but I can not imagine what his family went through and are going through.

Asked on PGA Tour TV which charity he would donate to, DeChambeau unhesitatingly nominated the Lyle family.

"I feel like I'm the luckiest golfer going around", Lyle could be heard saying in the recording. "Hearing his story, three times, I believe those kids deserve a chance at a better life and they need that, so that's why I made a decision to do that".

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