Former European Tour golfer Wayne Westner has been found shot dead in South Africa.  Westner was well known in Ireland having lost a playoff to Nick Faldo in the 1991 Irish Open in Killarney and for later opening a golf academy in Celbridge.

Wayne Westner partnered Ernie Els to a world cup win in 1996.

He won twice on the European Tour events, and partnered Ernie Els to win the 1996 World Cup of Golf. He retired in 1998 due to injury

Initial reports say Westner, 55, was shot in the head during a hostage situation involving his wife.  The tragic incident happened at a Pennington residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

The latest report from Sport24 however says Westner shot himself in the head at his home after attempting to hold his wife hostage.

According to the South Coast Herald website, police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum confirmed the identity of the deceased man, who died as the result of a gunshot wound to the right side of his head, as Westner.

Westner is alleged to have held his wife hostage before committing suicide.

Update from EWN.

He says Westner's wife and children had apparently locked themselves in a bathroom.

“He allegedly wanted to see his wife and thereafter he allegedly shot himself. The firearm used in the commission of the crime was seized by the police. The motive for the killing is still unknown at this stage and we are investigating,” says Police chief Thulane Zwane.

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