Greenville PGA Tour golfer Bill Haas involved in deadly Calif. crash

Bill Haas follows his shot from the seventh tee of the Silverado Resort North Course during the second round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Los Angeles, Calif. (WSPA) — Professional golfer Bill Haas from Greenville has been released from a hospital after surviving a deadly crash in a Los Angeles neighborhood.

Haas was a passenger in a Ferrari that hit a BMW in Pacific Palisades on Tuesday night according to to Jeff Fisher with the Los Angeles Police Department. Fisher says the driver of the Ferrari was killed, but that Haas is “doing okay.”

An LAPD spokesman tells 7 News the driver of the Ferrari was traveling “at a high rate of speed” when the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. local time. The Ferrari came to a stop at a stoplight pole after hitting the two other vehicles. The driver of the car carrying Haas was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver who died was a member of the family who was hosting Haas for this week’s Genesis Open, a PGA Tour event. The crash happened about two and a half miles from the course hosting the tournament.

Two passengers in the BMW were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police say actor Luke Wilson was in an SUV that was also sideswiped by the Ferrari, but Wilson was not injured.

Haas was in Pacific Palisades for a golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Haas has withdrawn from the tournament and will return home to Greenville.

The PGA Tour and Bill Haas’ manager Allen Hobbs of Players Group Management issued a statement 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.”