Bill Haas was injured in a fatal car crash Tuesday evening near Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
The 35-year-old pro was the passenger in a Ferrari that reportedly crashed into an oncoming vehicle, rolling the Ferrari over. The driver of the Ferrari, Mark Gibello, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash while Haas and the driver of the other vehicle, a 50-year-old female, were taken to a local hospital. According to Golf Channel, Gibello was a friend of Haas.
The crash occurred in the 500 block of N Chautauqua Blvd, less than three miles from Riviera Country Club, where Haas was scheduled to compete in the Genesis Open this week. According to the Golf Channel report, Haas did not sustain serious injuries, but had swelling in his legs before being released from the hospital. Todd Lewis’ report for the Golf Channel is below.
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Also involved in the accident was actor Luke Wilson, who was driving along the same road and whose car was clipped as a result.
The PGA Tour and Haas’ manager, Allen Hobbs of Players Group Management, released a statement Wednesday morning:
“Last night in Pacific Palisades, California, Bill Haas was involved in a serious car accident in which the driver — a member of the family with whom Haas and his family were staying for the Genesis Open — was killed. While Bill escaped serious injuries and has been released from the hospital, he is understandably shaken up and — more importantly — his deepest condolences go out to the host family during this tragic and difficult time.
“Bill will withdraw from the Genesis Open and plans to head home to Greenville to recover. He appreciates the support of friends, family and the golf world as a whole, and he has asked for privacy as he processes what has happened.”