Published: Thu, January 05, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Two-time European Tour victor Wayne Westner found dead after alleged hostage situation

Two-time European Tour victor Wayne Westner found dead after alleged hostage situation

The South Coast Herald first reported Westner's death, which was confirmed by local police.

According to Sport24, the 55-year-old South African is alleged to have held his wife hostage before committing suicide after being found with a gunshot wound to the right side of his head.

Westner won the World Cup of Golf with compatriot Ernie Els in 1996. He also had two South African Open victories among his 11 Sunshine Tour titles.

Westner won the South African Open in 1988 and 1991 and the 1996 World Cup of Golf with Els as his partner.

The promising player had his career cut short through injury in 1998, having won twice on the European Tour.

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Wayne Westner during day one of the SAA Pro-Am Invitational from Randpark Golf Club on 3 September 2009 in Johannesburg.

"A 55-year-old man allegedly shot himself and died in front of his wife at Pennington area".

So shocked to hear of the death of Wayne Westner, double former victor of SA Open and victor of Dubai Desert Classic. "Great memories thank you my friend", Els said on Twitter.

Westner has recently been coaching aspiring young professionals at the Wayne Westner Golf College in KwaZulu-Natal.

Renowned Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray, hinted at the "demons" Westner had to deal with, writing: WayneWestner;tormented golfing genius.Brilliant player with demons.Sad end for a more than decent colleague. He tore ankle ligaments in a fall of more than six feet when a railway sleeper crumbled under him as he played in the Madeira Islands Open. His highest world ranking was 40th.

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