Damn. At one point, South African Wayne Westner was ranked 40th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Now, according to the South Coast Herald, Westner has gruesomely committed suicide after holding his wife hostage for a period of time in KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, South Africa Wednesday morning.
Police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum confirmed Westner as the deceased, expired as the result of self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right side of his head.
“Wayne Brett Westner died in a shooting incident at the Gwala Gwala Estate in Rahle Road‚ Pennington at about 8am. His body was removed to the KZN Medico-Legal Mortuary in Park Rynie for a post mortem examination,”
It seems 55-year-old Westner and his wife were separated.
According to Matthew Savides of Time Live:
“It was speculated that his wife was in the process of relocating to Johannesburg when Westner arrived at the estate and forced his way in. He [Captain Pandarum] said Westner was armed with a handgun and allegedly shot himself through the head in front of his wife.”
Westner won the South African Open in 1988 and 1991. He won 14 times as a professional, twice on the European Tour, including the 1996 World Cup of Golf at Erinvale Golf Club in Somerset West with Ernie Els.
His career was cut short by injury in 1998. Most recently, Westner had been coaching aspiring young professionals at the Wayne Westner Golf College in KwaZulu-Natal.