Published: Fri, January 06, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

South African Golfer 'Dies From Gunshot Wound After Taking Wife Hostage'

South African Golfer 'Dies From Gunshot Wound After Taking Wife Hostage'

Wayne Westner, the South African professional golfer who spent a decade teaching the game in Ireland, died following a hostage situation in his home today.

In 1996, he partnered with fellow South African Ernie Els at the World Cup of Golf, where the duo won by a record 18 shots over a USA team of Tom Lehman and Steve Jones.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said that officers had been called to the Gwala Gwala Estate in Rahle Road, Pennington.

Westner, 55, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head and a pistol next to his body at the home of his estranged wife in Pennington, south of Durban.

Westner won 14 times as a pro, including twice on the European Tour.

"Sad day, our friend Wayne Westner passed today", the four-time major victor said on Twitter.

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His first tour European win nearly came in Killarney when he lost to Nick Faldo in a playoff in the 1992 Carroll's Irish Open.

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. "Great memories thank you my friend", tweeted Els.

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

Wayne Westner in his prime.

"My thoughts go out to those left behind".

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

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