Some of the biggest names in world golf – and even ‘The Rock’ Dwayne Johnson – have expressed their deep sadness following the news on Wednesday morning that Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has been placed in palliative care following a long and brave battle with cancer.

Here is a selection of some of the tributes flooding social media:



A gut-wrenching message from his wife Briony overnight outlined the impending heart-breaking end to Lyle’s third fight with cancer.

“This will be the final post on Jarrod’s page. Earlier today we started palliative care for him as his body is no longer able to fight. We will take him closer to home to be near his girls. He has put up a courageous fight and he is surrounded by love.

“There is simply not enough time to get this message out to everyone individually, so for some of our really close friends and family I cannot apologise enough for breaking the news in this way. We have done our best to ‘control’ the narrative surrounding Jarrod’s illness and treatment, and as more and more people become involved in this final process I’m not sure how much longer this development will remain private.

“Jarrod knows he is loved, and the thousands of prayers and well wishes that have been sent his way have kept him going through some incredibly tough times. But he has reached his limit, and the docs have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome.”

After two successful bouts versus cancer, Lyle announced last year the disease had returned for a third time. In the past few months, Lyle has been stricken with a mystery illness, one that resulted in a loss of vision and put the former US PGA Tour player back in the hospital. Sadly, it appears the damage is irreversible. His family took to Instagram and Facebook, announcing that Lyle is bracing for the final stages of his life.

“My focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead. Jarrod will be closer to them very soon, and will spend as much time as he can with them.

“When it’s appropriate, I will post details of a memorial service. In the meantime we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”