The PGA Tour of the United States has declared this month ‘January for Jarrod’ month as a fundraiser for Australia’s cancer-stricken professional Jarrod Lyle.
Lyle is recovering in Melbourne from a bone marrow transplant he underwent just before Christmas.
It the 36-year-old father of two children’s third battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
The tour has acted “to help Jarrod Lyle and his family meet the significant costs’’ of his treatment.
Lyle, from Shepparton in northern Victoria, is a member of the Web.com Tour who has also been a PGA Tour member on five occasions between 2007 and 2016.
“It’s of utmost importance for the PGA Tour family and the golf community to come together and help Jarrod and his family both spiritually and financially during ‘January for Jarrod’ month,” said PGA Tour EVP and Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “Jarrod would be the first player to support others in their time of need, and now it’s our turn to help he and his wife Briony and their two young children, Lusi and Jemma.”
Lyle was first diagnosed with leukemia in 1999 when he was emerging as a talented young amateur and playing pennant for Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne. After earning his PGA Tour card to play in the United States from 2007, the disease reemerged and he missed most of the 2012 season as he underwent further chemotherapy.
Returning to golf in 2013, Lyle won the 2015 PGA Tour Courage Award and returned to the main tour. His most recent tour start was the 2016 Wyndham Championship. He has five top-10 finishes in a 121-tournament career on the tour and two Web.com Tour wins in 2008.
To make a non-tax-deductible gift to the Lyle family, do so directly at www.youcaring.com/januaryforjarrod. All proceeds will go directly to the family to offset day-to-day living, family and medical expenses.