There was no end to the admiration for Jarrod Lyle and his fight against leukemia from his fellow tour pros, both in his native Australia and around the world. In that same vein, when word spread that Lyle had finally succumbed to the cancer on Thursday, the golf world collectively shed a tear in mourning.
Players and officials had been wearing yellow ribbons for Lyle at recent US PGA Tour events and are doing that again this week at the US PGA Championship to honour his memory. Several took to social media to offer tributes and condolences to the 36-year-old, who leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend Jarrod Lyle. Jarrod will forever be an inspiration to us alI. Ellie, Dash, Lucy and I send condolences to Briony, Lusi and Jemma. Rest easy mate. We will miss you.
— Jason Day (@JDayGolf) August 9, 2018
It is through a river of tears I say goodbye to my friend Jarrod Lyle. A wonderful father, friend and golfer. Quick with a joke, didn’t mind a beer, and just a pure joy to be around every day. Miss you mate. RIP
— Greg Chalmers (@GregChalmersPGA) August 8, 2018
He'll will wipe
away every tear
from their eyes,
and death shall
be no more,
there be mourning,
nor crying, nor pain anymore for the
former things have passed away#jarrodlyle pic.twitter.com/c3TSzMqtkD
— Steve Elkington (@elkpga) August 8, 2018
We are very sad to hear of Jarrod Lyle’s passing. He fought a good fight and will be forever remembered for his courage, strength, perseverance and the light he brought to all of our lives. The world lost a good man. RIP Jarrod. – Ernie, Liezl, Samantha and Ben
— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) August 8, 2018
We lost a great one today. RIP, Jarrod. We will all be thinking about him and his family this week 🙌🏼 https://t.co/wJL6ZZNREi
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) August 9, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lyle family. You were and always will be a fighter and will be missed by so many people. Rest In Peace Jarrod.
— Patrick Reed (@PReedGolf) August 8, 2018
Sad week! You had the fight of a lion and even when you weren’t trying to make us laugh you did. (Shirt) Rest easy mate. pic.twitter.com/yV50TPhLsY
— Marc Leishman (@marcleish) August 9, 2018
Incredibly sad news about Jarrod Lyle. Tough times for everyone on tour losing someone so special but I cannot imagine what he and his family went and are going through. RIP
— Francesco Molinari (@F_Molinari) August 8, 2018
Saddest day ever 😢kinda lost for words,Jarrod Lyle was the greatest bloke you’ll ever meet, not once in 20 years did I ever here him complain❤️🙏R.I.P Jarrod (best mate)❤️❤️🙏
— Robert Allenby (@aussieallenby) August 9, 2018
— Justin Rose 🎗 (@JustinRose99) August 8, 2018
I am without words.
Rest in peace my friend. Thank you for showing us what a real hero is. https://t.co/QdAtyAg3Bq
— Erik Compton (@ErikCompton3) August 9, 2018
Such sad news 😢 RIP Jarrod. Prayers of healing to his entire family ❣️ https://t.co/zYhAQr1V0V
— Jessica Korda (@Thejessicakorda) August 8, 2018
It wasn’t just golf professionals in mourning. Lyle and his fight had impacted others within the sport and beyond.
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our Putter Studio friend, Jarrod Lyle. Our thoughts are with his family, his wife, Briony, and his daughters, Lusi and Jemma. pic.twitter.com/XyJZPPjZ7X
— Scotty Cameron (@ScottyCameron) August 9, 2018
RIP Jarrod Lyle, 36.
Loved his family, his friends, a beer, a laugh & playing golf.
Great sportsman, great character – but even greater inspiration. pic.twitter.com/OlPJ3QrLxL
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 9, 2018
The golf world, in support of his family, launched various GoFundMe accounts, including one started by former PGA Tour player and a Golf Channel commentator Tripp Isenhour.