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Former SA Open champ Westner killed in shooting

06 January 2017

Wayne Westner, the former South African professional golfer who spent nearly a decade living and teaching the sport in Ireland, died on Wednesday after apparently shooting himself following a hostage situation at his home.

Westner turned professional in 1981 and won his home South African Open on two occasions in 1988 and 1991, while it was exclusively a Sunshine Tour event.

Unconfirmed reports emerged this morning that the hostage situation involved his wife at their home in the KwaZulu-Natal province on South Africa's east coast, just south of Durban.

He won two events on the European Tour, the Dubai Desert Classic in 1993 and the FNB Championship in 1996. Officers said it appeared that the couple were separated.

Westner was forced to retire from golf due to injury in 1998. So I made the decision to go back home and it's great.

On Twitter on Wednesday, Els said: "Sad day, our friend Wayne Westner passed today".

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So shocked to hear of the death of Wayne Westner, double former victor of SA Open and victor of Dubai Desert Classic.

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.

Upon retiring, Westner set up a golf school in Ireland.

New European Ryder Cup captain, Denmark's Thomas Bjørnsent his thoughts to "those left behind":Really saddened by the news of Wayne Westner.

Do you have any memories of South African Wayne Westner?

Former SA Open champ Westner killed in shooting