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Bill Haas Involved in Fatal Crash, Withdraws From Genesis Open

Bill Haas was involved in a fatal car crash on Tuesday in Pacific Palisades, California, and has withdrawn from the Genesis Open. According to reports, the 35-year old Haas was injured and taken to a local hospital where he was released

The driver of the Ferrari – of which Haas was a passenger – was pronounced dead at the scene.

Golf Channel is reporting that the deceased was identified as 71-year-old Mark “Bill” Gibello, a friend who was hosting Haas and his family for this weekend’s Genesis Open.

Haas’ manager, Allen Hobbbs, said the veteran tour member incurred some injuries, but nothing “serious,” and will be returning home to Greenville, South Carolina.

On Wednesday morning, Jay Haas, Bill’s father, told the Golf Channel that his son had some pain and swelling in one of his legs, but that he was “fortunate.”

The senior Haas also confirmed that his son had been released from the hospital.

Los Angeles County fire officials told Los Angeles TV station KTLA that the driver of the second vehicle (BMW) involved in the crash, a 50-year-old woman, was also hospitalized and is said to be in serious condition.

Further, FOX Business reports that actor Luke Wilson was also involved in the accident. He was reportedly driving on Chautauqua Boulevard in Pacific Palisades when Gibello lost control of his Ferrari and clipped the 46-year old actor’s SUV before colliding with the BMW. The Ferrari subsequently slammed into a tree. Wilson suffered no serious injuries.

BULLETS

  • Bill Haas, 35, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, was a passenger, and not seriously injured.
  • Haas has been released from the hospital, and will return home to Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Haas has officially withdrawn from the 2018 Genesis Open.
  • The Ferrari was owned and driven by Mark “Bill” Gibello, 71, who died at the scene.
  • Gibello was a family friend and hosting the Haas’ as they stayed in the area for the Genesis Open.
  • At 6:30 pm, driving on Chautauqua Boulevard, Gibello’s Ferrari first clipped actor Luke Wilson’s SUV, and then hit a BMW driven by an unidentified 50-year old female, before it flipped over and crashed into a tree.
  • The female driver of the BMW was taken to the hospital and was listed in serious condition.
  • The 46-year old Wilson was not injured, and reportedly helped those injured at the scene.

Credits: FOX Business, Golf Channel, KTLA TV, Associated Press


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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