US golfer Haas involved in car crash, drops out of tournament - manager

US golfer Haas involved in car crash, drops out of tournament - manager

Professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury when he was involved in a three-car collision late on Tuesday in Los Angeles that killed at least one of the passengers, his manager and local officials said on Wednesday.

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REUTERS: U.S. professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury when he was involved in a fatal three-car collision on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but will drop out of a tournament as a result, his manager and local officials said on Wednesday.

Haas, a six-time PGA Tour winner, was scheduled to play in the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades that begins Thursday, but will withdraw to recover at his home in Greenville, South Carolina, his manager said.

"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," manager Allen Hobbs, of Players Group Management, said in a statement.

The accident, in which one person was killed, occurred at about 6:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday on a suburban road in the upscale Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The crash involved three cars and a utility pole, according Los Angeles police, who said the 71-year-old male driver of one of the cars was killed.

Hobbs said the man was a member of the family with whom Haas and his family were staying for the Genesis Open.

Haas, who reached a career-high 12th in the world golf rankings in 2012, is currently ranked 67th. He joined the PGA Tour in 2006 and has since earned six victories, most recently at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California, in 2015.

He enjoyed his best finish at a major tournament when he earned a share of fifth place at the U.S. Open in 2017.

Haas, whose father is a nine-time PGA Tour winner, represented the United States three times at the Presidents Cup, a biennial competition between the U.S. and an International team comprised of players from the rest of the world, except Europe.

(Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York ande Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Frances Kerry)

Source: Reuters

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