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Golfer Bill Haas injured in fatal car crash

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. World number 67 Haas has since been released from hospital.

Haas at the Bridgestone Invitational last year.
Haas at the Bridgestone Invitational last year.
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

AMERICAN GOLFER BILL Haas was released from hospital this morning after the Ferrari he was travelling in crashed, killing its 71-year-old driver.

The crash occurred in the Pacific Palisades area of LA at 18.30 local time yesterday. The Ferrari reportedly lost control, clipped a vehicle belonging to actor Luke Wilson, and hit a BMW before colliding with a tree.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene while Haas and a 50-year-old woman were taken to hospital.

“Bill was very fortunate,” Haas’ father, Jay, told the Golf Channel, adding that he suffered no more than pain and swelling.

In a statement released by Haas’ management this morning, the driver was described as ”a member of the family with whom Haas and his family were staying for the Genesis Open.”

The statement added: “his deepest condolences go out to the host family during this tragic and difficult time.“

Haas was due to compete in this weekend’s Genesis Open at the nearby Riviera Country Club, but has now withdrawn from the tournament to recover at his home in Greenville, South Carolina.

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