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. The firearm used in the commission of the crime was seized by the police. Police said he shot himself in the head in front of his wife.
Westner lost to Nick Faldo in a playoff for the 1992 Irish Open at Killarney.
Westner was the inventor of the Instant Golfer training machine. Some 1,100 students received lessons there.
"It is alleged that Westner and his wife were busy in the process of relocating to Johannesburg".
"I was in Celbridge for about nine years and came home in 2006", he said. "I was very happy there, met some wonderful people and still have some great friends there".
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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.
USA Today described Westner as "one of South Africa's most prominent athletes during his golf career, which was cut short due to injury in 1998".
Westner, who had a career high ranking of 40th, won the South African Open in 1988 and 1991 and also claimed two European Tour victories with the 1993 Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates and the 1996 FNB Players Championship played in Durban.
"Sad day, our friend Wayne Westner passed today. Great memories thank you my friend", tweeted Els.