Bill Haas, a former Wake Forest star and PGA Tour veteran, was injured in a rollover collision that also killed the driver of the Ferrari Haas was riding in Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
A 50-year-old woman in a BMW was also injured and in serious condition, The Los Angeles Times reported, citing the Los Angeles Fire Department. The Times report said the Ferrari appeared to be traveling at high speed when it collided with several vehicles and then smashed into a utility pole.
Haas, 35, was treated and released from a local hospital and has withdrawn from the Genesis Open, which is this week’s PGA Tour stop.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the crash happened on North Chautauqua Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Jeff Fischer, an L.A. detective, told KTLA television station on Tuesday night that Haas was “doing OK.”
Another report said that a third car in the accident was driven by actor Luke Wilson but the report said there wasn’t major damage to Wilson’s car.
Haas, the all-time wins leader in school history with 10 and a 2004 graduate, was flying home on Wednesday to be with his wife, Julie, and their three young children who all live in Greenville, S.C.
Allen Hobbs, who is also a Wake Forest graduate and Haas’ agent, released a statement through the PGA Tour.
“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,” Hobbs said in the statement.
“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.”
The Los Angeles Times identified the driver Wednesday as Mark Gibello, 71.
In a later report by the Golf Channel Bill’s father, Jay, said that Bill had some bumps and bruises on his legs but no broken bones. Jay Haas told the Golf Channel that his son will make a full recovery.
Hobbs went to say that Haas, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour who has made more than $28 million in earnings in 347 career starts, plans on recovering at home.
“(Bill) 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,” Hobbs said.
Jerry Haas, who is Bill’s uncle, has been the golf coach at Wake Forest for the last 21 years.
The Deacons golf team will begin their spring season this week at the All-American Intercollegiate at the Golf Club of Houston.
Jerry Haas said in a text that Bill is "banged up and sore but is fine." Jerry said that he got a text from Bill that said he was really lucky considering how bad the accident was.
Bill Haas has been a regular at Wyndham Championship playing every year that's he's been a professional. Haas, a member of the Wake Forest hall of fame, was given a sponsor's exemption when he was a student at Wake Forest by tournament director Mark Brazil.
"I've got a lot of good friends in this business and a lot of great friends and Bill is one of those great friends," Brazil said. "With he and Jay and Jay's wife, Jan, they are just a top notch family and there's a reason we named our AJGA tournament the Haas Family Invitational."
The junior golf tournament, one of the most prestigious on the AJGA, was named for the Haas family last year and is held every June at Sedgefield Country Club.
"We are all thankful that Bill's OK," Brazil said. "I've heard from his agent and Bill's banged up and bruised so he'll take some time off and I know he'll be very glad to get home to Greenville."