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

Wayne Westner
Wayne Westner at Houghton Golf Course, South Africa, February 23, 1997. Westner won two European Tour events. Andrew Redington /Allsport

South African golfer Wayne Westner has died after reportedly taking his wife hostage at their home just outside Durban.

Westner, a former world number 40 who won two competitions on the European Tour, is said to have held his wife hostage on Wednesday, according to the South Coast Herald, citing a police spokesperson.

The 55-year-old died from a gunshot wound to the right side of the head, it was reported by local media.

Westner also won 14 professional events, as well as the 1996 World Cup of Golf alongside Ernie Els.

Sad day, our friend Wayne Westner passed today. Great memories thank you my friend.

— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) January 4, 2017

Police were unavailable to comment.