European Tour winner Wayne Westner dead in suspected suicide

<div class="news_article"><p>Two-time European Tour winner and former World Cup of Golf champion Wayne Westner has died in a suspected suicide in South Africa, local police said on Wednesday.</p><p>Westner, 55, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head and a pistol next to his body at the home of his estranged wife in Pennington, south of Durban.</p><p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="padding:0;margin:0;text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/1257360" target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">Embed from Getty Images</a></div><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:64.814815% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/1257360?et=gwvIrNBUS6x07eMKEOhNuQ&viewMoreLink=off&sig=JNCJCPysfKg4D9GB34uH1dKT_TIF0RFRiyKT1ssunOc=&caption=true" width="594" height="385" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p></div></p><p></p><p>&quot;An inquest was opened after a man allegedly shot himself in front of his wife at Pennington area today,&rdquo; South African Police Services spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane told TMG Digital.</p><p>&quot;Wayne Brett Westner died in a shooting incident at the Gwala Gwala Estate in Rahle Road&sbquo; Pennington at about 8am.&rdquo;</p><p>Westner won the South African Open in 1988 and 1991, but retired in 1998 when he tore ligaments in his ankle while playing a tournament in Portugal.</p><p>Ernie Els, with whom Westner won the World Cup of Golf in 1996, led the tributes to his compatriot.</p><p>&ldquo;Sad day, our friend Wayne Westner passed today. Great memories thank you my friend,&rdquo; Els said on Twitter.</p><p>Gary Player, South Africa&rsquo;s most celebrated golfer, said that he was &quot;saddened by the news of the tragic passing of Wayne Westner&quot;.</p><p>Danish golfer Thomas Bjorn added: &ldquo;Really saddened by the news of Wayne Westner. My thoughts go out to those left behind. Hopefully you have found your peace.&rdquo;</p></div>