Published: Fri, January 06, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Frost, Els pay tribute to former pro Westner

Frost, Els pay tribute to former pro Westner

Stunning and tragic news emerged from South Africa on Wednesday morning as former pro golfer Wayne Westner was found shot dead on the Kwa-Zulu Natal Coast.

Westner is best known for his 1996 World Cup of Golf win‚ where he teamed up with Ernie Els.

According to reports, officers on the scene said it appeared that the couple were separated and that his wife was in the process of relocating to Johannesburg. He was allegedly holding his wife hostage prior to his death.

Former world number one Ernie Els, who won the World Cup of Golf alongside Westner in 1996, was among those who paid tributes to him. He also won the SA Open twice‚ in 1988 and 1991, and more than a dozen professional events during his career.

Westner was forced to retire from golf due to injury in 1998.

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Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident and said an inquest had been opened after the 55-year-old man allegedly shot himself in front of his wife following a reported domestic dispute in Pennington on the South Coast.

Els, half of the Els-Westner duo that famously won the World Cup on home soil 21 years ago, added: "Sad day, our friend Wayne Westner passed today".

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.

Another South African golfing legend Gary Player, also commented on the death, saying he was "saddened by the news".

Do you have any memories of South African Wayne Westner?

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