Wayne Westner, a South African who won twice on the European Tour in the 1990s, died Wednesday in an apparent suicide, according to multiple media reports.
A police spokesman confirmed to the South Coast Herald that a man who died of a gunshot wound to the head was Westner. The 55-year-old Johannesburg native is alleged to have held his wife hostage before committing suicide.
In addition to his European Tour victories – the 1993 Dubai Desert Classic and the 1996 FNB Players Championship – Westner won two South African Opens (1988, ’91) and teamed with compatriot Ernie Els to capture the 1996 World Cup of Golf.
Sad day, our friend Wayne Westner passed today. Great memories thank you my friend.
— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) January 4, 2017
So sad about an old troubled friend Wayne Westner #RIPWesty
— Sam Torrance (@torrancesam) January 4, 2017
Injury curtailed Westner’s career in 1998, and in recent years he had coached aspiring professionals at the Wayne Westner Golf College in KwaZulu-Natal, according to published reports.