The young two-time PGA Tour victor gave a gift of his own, too, telling The Man Out Front that he plans to donate all of his long-drive winnings to the family of Jarrod Lyle, who last week was placed in palliative care after three battles with acute myeloid leukemia.
A GoFundMe page created to support Lyle's wife, Bri, and their two daughters, Lusi and Jemma, had raised $79,300 of its $200,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon.
"Lusi, Jemma and I are filled with grief and now must confront our lives without the greatest husband and father we could ever have wished for".
There will be a public memorial service at The Sands in Torquay at a date to be announced.
He thanked his many "friends around the world, whether they're spectators, whether they're golfers, whether they're marshals".
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The golfer, who reached a career-high 142nd in the world, won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 and last competed in 2017. In 2011 he lost his tour card again but earned it back at qualifying school then achieved his best PGA Tour result of tied fourth in Los Angeles early in 2012. The fund will support the education of Lyle's children.
It was while he was at home that a relapse of the leukaemia was diagnosed, causing golf to go on hold for more debilitating treatment until he was again declared to be in remission, making his comeback to the game in the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne. We were at the Australian Open in November and he said to me, 'I'm really scared. He underwent a bone marrow transplant in December of past year. In June she revealed the extent of the debilitating effects of not just the cancer, but associated auto-immune disorders that affected his eyesight and hearing and robbed him of all strength.
A week later, Lyle and his doctors decided medical treatment should cease and he receive only palliative care. "Because so many people took an interest in me and took an interest in my fight".
He returned to competitive golf in 2013 after apparently having beaten cancer for a second time.