Scottie Scheffler Arrested Before PGA Championship Round Two

Top golfer involved in incident before major tournament round

by Zain ul Abedin
Scottie Scheffler Arrested Before PGA Championship Round Two
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Scottie Scheffler, the world's top-ranked golfer, was arrested on Friday morning after allegedly driving past a police roadblock at the Valhalla Golf Club, according to ESPN. The arrest occurred hours after a tragic accident near the golf course.

Around 5 a.m., a man was fatally struck by a shuttle bus as he attempted to cross a road near the PGA Championship venue, as reported by the Louisville Metro Police Department. The roadblocks set up due to the accident confused, leading to Scheffler reportedly driving past police officers stationed at the scene.

ESPN reports that Scheffler was taken into custody but was released from jail after processing around 8:40 a.m. local time. He returned to the course about 45 minutes before his 10:08 a.m. tee time. ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington, who witnessed the incident, detailed that a police officer attempted to stop Scheffler's car.

When Scheffler stopped at the Valhalla entrance, the officer began yelling at him to exit the vehicle. Upon exiting, Scheffler was reportedly shoved against the car and handcuffed before being placed in the back of a police car.

Scheffler Faces Charges

Scheffler now faces several charges, including second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic.

The arrest delayed the start of the second round of the PGA Championship. Originally scheduled for an 8:50 a.m. tee time, Scheffler's round was pushed to 10:08 a.m. due to the fatal accident. The Louisville Metro Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the incident.

No other injuries were reported from the earlier accident. Scheffler, 27, has had a stellar year, winning four tournaments on the tour, including a dominant performance at The Masters in April—his second Masters win and second major victory.

He also claimed back-to-back wins in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship. In the first round of this week's PGA Championship, the second major of the year, Scheffler shot a 4-under 67, positioning him five shots behind leader Xander Schauffele.

With career earnings of $61 million on the PGA Tour, Scheffler ranks 10th all-time according to the tour.