Bill Haas was recently injured in a car accident in Pacific Palisades, California, on Tuesday evening. The incident involved a Ferrari and BMW just a few miles from the Riviera Country Club, host to this week’s Genesis Open. The accident killed the 71-year old driver of the vehicle Haas was in, Mark Gibello, and a 50 year-old female, the driver of the other car, was seriously injured. Both Haas and the other driver were taken to hospital.
A third vehicle was actually involved in the crash as the Ferrari clipped a Toyota FJ SUV just before the crash. That vehicle was driven by actor Luke Wilson, who did not sustain any injuries.
Following the crash, Haas has understandably withdrawn from the event this week. The PGA Tour and Bill Haas’ manager, Allen Hobbs of Players Group Management, released a statement on 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.“
A shocking incident. Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased.