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Jarrod Lyle’s heartbreaking decision: Mate tells of recent comeback plans

NEIL MITCHELL INTERVIEW

A long-time friend of Jarrod Lyle has revealed the Australian golfer was plotting a comeback as recently as June.

Messages of support have been flowing following the news Lyle will stop cancer treatment and go into palliative care.

Hi wife, Bri, posted the news on social media overnight in a heartbreaking Facebook message to supporters.

“Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care,” she wrote.

“He has given everything that he’s got to give, and his poor body cannot take anymore.

“We’ll be taking him closer to home in the next couple of days so he can finally leave the hospital.”

The post included a photo of Lyle in his hospital bed, cuddling his two young daughters.

“My focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead,” Bri wrote.

“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.”

Lyle, 36, has been undergoing treatment following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukaemia last year.

One of Lyle’s close friends, Evan Gayle, told Neil Mitchell that Lyle was planning to return to competitive golf less than two months ago.

“My family spent a good day with him on June 9 down at the house at Torquay,” he said.

“All the signs were looking good back then. The tests were going well.

“They were looking at potentially doing a comeback in 2020 at the Australian Open and Vic Open.

“The doctors were saying he was doing as good as he could be, so that was what he was aiming for.”

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Tributes have been flowing in from around the world this morning.

Speaking in Ohio, an emotional Adam Scott says Lyle has been an inspiration for 20 years.

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