Professional golfer Jarrod Lyle dead at 36

The disease of cancer does not discriminate by age, sex, creed, or color.

Jarrod Lyle, a PGA Tour professional, succumbed to cancer on Wednesday and passed away at the very young age of 36.

Rising Star

Lyle did not let his leukemia diagnosis at the age of 17 prevent him from chasing his dream.

While he was forced to leave the sport for almost a full year, he was back hitting balls again as soon as it was possible.

Lyle would eventually turn professional in 2004.

After three seasons playing in lesser tours, Lyle finally got his PGA Tour card in 2007.

While he struggled initially and lose his card after that first season, he fought extra hard in 2008 to win it back.

He ended up finishing fourth in the Nationwide Tour (now the Tour) to regain his card for the 2009 season.

One of his more notable moments was his hole-in-one on the 16th hole during the Western Management Phoenix Open.

That shot not only gained him some face time on ESPN’s Plays of the Week, but also scored him $25,000 for charity.

Cancer… Again

His career finally seemed to be headed in the right direction by 2012, where he had his best career finish at the Northern Trust Open.

But a week later, Lyle was bitten by an insect, and resulting tests revealed that his leukemia was back.

The disease eventually went into remission and Lyle used a medical exemption to get back on tour.

Lyle continued to ride a career roller coaster, leading up to July 2017, when it was revealed the leukemia was back again.

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This last battle would prove to be too much for Lyle, who went home for his final days to be surrounded by family and friends.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Briony, and two daughters.

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