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Bill Haas Injured in Crash Killing Driver, Knocked Out of Genesis Open

Bill Haas Injured in Crash Killing Driver, Knocked Out of Genesis Open

Bill Haas teeing off at Waste Management Phoenix Open on Feb. 2 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 February 2018 01:01 PM

Pro golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury in a two-car crash in California on Tuesday night that killed the driver of the Ferrari he was riding in and seriously injured the driver of the other car. The accident knocked Hass out of the Genesis Open which starts Thursday.

Los Angeles County fire officials said the Ferrari driven by Mark Gibello, 71, and a BMW collided in Pacific Palisades about 6:30 p.m., KTLA-TV reported, and Haas, 35, was a passenger in the sportscar, Los Angeles Police detective Jeff Fischer said.

Fischer told KTLA-TV that a Toyota SUV, owned by actor Luke Wilson, was sideswiped by the Ferrari just before the crash.

Gibello was pronounced dead at the scene. Haas and the unidentified woman driving the BMW were taken to a hospital, according to KTLA-TV. Wilson was not injured.

"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," Haas' agent Allen Hobbs said in a statement, per ESPN.

"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."

Haas' father, former PGA golfer Jay Haas, told the Golf Channel that his son has pain and swelling in his leg but suffered no broken bones. Jay Haas said his son is expected to make a full recovery.

"Bill was very fortunate," Jay Haas added.

Haas announced that he withdrew from the tournament on Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the PGA Tour and Haas' management company, Players Group Management.

"Bill will withdraw from the Genesis Open and plans to head home to Greenville (South Carolina) 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," according to the statement.

The Genesis Open is being held at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, with its first round scheduled for Thursday, Golf Digest reported.

Haas had been slated to tee off Thursday morning with Ryan Moore and Chez Reavie, according to the Golf Digest website.

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Pro golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury in a two-car crash in California on Tuesday night that killed the driver of the Ferrari he was riding in and seriously injured the driver of the other car. The accident knocked Hass out of the Genesis Open which starts Thursday.
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