Bill Haas was injured in a car accident in Pacific Palisades, California, on Tuesday evening that left the driver of the vehicle Haas was riding in dead and the driver of the other car involved injured.
The rollover crash involved a Ferrari and a BMW in the 500 block of North Chautauqua Boulevard, just a few kilometres from Riviera Country Club, where Haas, a six-time US PGA Tour winner and the 2012 champion, was scheduled to play in this week’s Genesis Open. The accident took place just before 6:30pm, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The driver of the Ferrari, Mark Gibello, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others – one of them the 35-year-old Haas, the other a 50-year-old female from the other vehicle – were taken to the hospital in serious condition, according to the LAFD. Los Angeles Police Department detective Jeff Fischer told television station KTLA that Haas was the passenger and was “doing OK”.
A third vehicle was also involved when the Ferrari clipped a Toyota FJ SUV just before the crash. According to Fischer, that vehicle was being driven by actor Luke Wilson. He did not sustain serious injury.
The US Tour and Bill Haas’ manager, Allen Hobbs of Players Group Management, released a statement overnight, Australian time:
“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.“
Earlier in the morning, Jay Haas, Bill Haas’ father, told Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis that Bill was released from an area hospital with no broken bones, but some pain and swelling in his legs. Jay said that Bill is expected to make a full recovery.