Wayne Westner

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Wayne Westner
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Personal information
Full nameWayne Brett Westner
NicknameWesty
Born(1961-09-28)28 September 1961
Johannesburg, South Africa
Died4 January 2017(2017-01-04) (aged 55)
Pennington, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)
Sporting nationalityFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
SpouseAlison Jean Westner
Career
Turned professional1982
Former tour(s) Sunshine Tour
European Tour
Professional wins13
Highest ranking 43 (18 July 1993) [1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
Sunshine Tour11
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Open T50: 1996
The Open Championship T34: 1993
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner
1995/96

Wayne Brett Westner (28 September 1961 4 January 2017) was a South African golfer. He was twice winner of the South African Open and also won twice on the European Tour. In partnership with Ernie Els, they won the 1996 World Cup of Golf, played at the Erinvale Golf Club near Cape Town. Els won the individual event with Westner second and the pair won the team event by 18 shots.

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Biography

Westner was born in Johannesburg. He turned professional in 1981 and won several events in his home country, including two South African Opens. He spent many years on the European Tour where he won two tournaments and had a best Order of Merit finish of twentieth in 1993. In the 1992 Carroll's Irish Open, he lost to Nick Faldo at the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff. In partnership with Ernie Els, they won the 1996 World Cup of Golf for South Africa. Westner finished second, behind Els, in the individual event and the pair won the team event by 18 shots. He won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in 1995/96.

At the 1998 Madeira Island Open, during the pre-tournament Pro-Am, Westner tore ankle ligaments after falling over six feet when a railway sleeper crumbled under him. [2] He played only once more that season, and was never able to recover. He later ran his own golf college, The Wayne Westner Golf College. [3]

Westner committed suicide in Pennington, KwaZulu-Natal, on 4 January 2017. [4]

Professional wins (13)

European Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
131 Jan 1993 Dubai Desert Classic −14 (69-66-69-70=274)2 strokes Flag of South Africa (1982-1994).svg Retief Goosen
225 Feb 1996 FNB Players Championship 1−18 (66-67-67-70=270)1 stroke Flag of Argentina.svg José Cóceres

1Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 1992 Carroll's Irish Open Flag of England.svg Nick Faldo Lost after concession on fourth extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (11)

Other wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runners-up
124 Nov 1996 World Cup of Golf
(with Flag of South Africa.svg Ernie Els)
−29 (136-144-130-137=547)18 strokesFlag of the United States.svg  United StatesSteve Jones and Tom Lehman

Results in major championships

Tournament198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997
U.S. Open T50
The Open Championship CUTCUT71CUTT34CUTCUTCUT

Note: Westner never played in the Masters Tournament nor the PGA Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Team appearances

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References

  1. "Week 29 1993 Ending 18 Jul 1993" (pdf). OWGR . Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  2. Oakley, John (18 June 1998). "Old club aids Bottomley". The Independent . London. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
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  4. "Troubled Off The Tee". golf.com. 4 January 2017.