Bill Haas returns to golf after that car accident killed his friend



Bill Haas returned to golf this week for the Valspar Championship after being involved in a car crash February 13 that killed his friend Mark Gibello, 71.Gibello, who was the driver of the Ferrari, was pronounced dead at the scene while pro-golfer Haas, 35, was injured and hospitalized. They were on a windy road outside Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles when their car collided with Luke Wilson’s SUV, a BMW and another car.  Bill Haas, pictured here at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament in Texas, returned to golf this week for the Valspar Championship after being involved in a car crash February 13 that killed his friend Mark Gibello, 71’There’s not many templates to go by on something like this,’ Haas said in his first interview since the accident. ‘I was in a state of shock, disbelief. It was a tragic event, traumatic. I’m still unsure how to handle it. I keep going back to focusing on the Gibello family.’He described the Gibellos as mutual friends he planned to stay with during the Genesis Open.Haas and Gibello played golf the previous weekend at Los Angeles Country Club, where Gibello was a member and played a role in the club hosting the Walker Cup last year. Gibello was a close friend of Bill Harmon, the swing coach who works with Haas. Mark Gibello, who was the driver of the Ferrari, was pronounced dead at the scene while pro-golfer Haas, 35, was injured and hospitalized’It didn’t take me long to realize how much his family loved him, how nice he was to me and my family,’ Haas said.His wife, Julie, has kept in touch with Gibello’s wife. The funeral service in Santa Monica, California, was Friday, the same day the final field was set for the Valspar Championship in Florida. Tiger Woods is playing for the first time, as is Rory McIlroy. That figures to deflect plenty of attention from Haas trying to get back to work.Haas returns with a greater appreciation of life and a level of support he never realized he had.His golf bag remained in the Riviera locker room for the rest of the Genesis Open until it was shipped home to him in South Carolina. Haas hasn’t practiced much. He played golf Sunday in Greenville and planned to leave Monday night for the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.’The amount of love and support and outreach I got from my peers and friends has been amazing,’ he said. ‘At the same time, a friend of mine is not here anymore.’ RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Golfer Bill Haas is injured and his companion is killed… PICTURED: Girl, 9, her mother, grandfather and stepfather… Share this article Share ‘There’s just no real way to explain life, why it happens and how it happens. You can’t take tomorrow for granted. You have to enjoy today and prepare for tomorrow. All that said, I still feel like I have to go compete. I can’t just say golf doesn’t matter. That’s what I do. I think that’s what Mark would want.”He was a golf fan. He loved golf. He would want me to care about how I play.’Ha

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