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World No 1 Scottie Scheffler arrested on way to course for PGA Championship second round

World No 1 Scottie Scheffler arrested on way to course for PGA Championship second round
A handout photo made available by the Louisville Police Department showing golfer Scottie Scheffler of the US after his arrest outside the Valhalla Golf Club. 17 May 2024. (Photo: EPA-EFE/Louisville Police Department)

Scottie Scheffler’s journey to the PGA Championship took an unexpected detour with the law, resulting in a brief stint in an orange jumpsuit before making a fashionably late entrance at Valhalla Golf Club.

The World’s best golfer, Scottie Scheffler was arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer on his way to the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky for the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday.

Scheffler, 27, who won the 2024 Masters last month, tried to circumnavigate a traffic cordon set up by police after an earlier accident on his way to the course.

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Scottie Scheffler during the first round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky. 16 May 2024. (Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington witnessed the entire incident, which can be seen here. 

Darlington tweeted: “Scheffler has been detained by police in handcuffs after a misunderstanding with traffic flow led to his attempt to drive past a police officer into Valhalla Golf Club.

“The police officer attempted to attach himself to Scheffler’s car, and Scheffler then stopped his vehicle at the entrance to Valhalla. The police officer then began to scream at Scheffler to get out of the car.

“When Scheffler exited the vehicle, the officer shoved Scheffler against the car and immediately placed him in handcuffs. He is now being detained in the back of a police car.”

A mugshot of Scheffler in an orange jumpsuit was published by the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections.

The charges against the golfer were listed as second-degree assault of an officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding police traffic signals.

Scheffler, who shot an opening round 68 at the season’s second major, was due to tee off in his second round at 9:08 am local time. Organisers subsequently pushed back all tee times.

Sky News reported that Scheffler was later released and that he had arrived at Valhalla. Sky reporter Kira K Dixon said that Scheffler told journalists at the course that “he wasn’t going to be commenting” but “popped his head into player dining and said ‘hello I’m here’ and continued on”.

Dixon added: “It seems to be all signs pointing to him having a warm-up, that he will play, and he should be at that 10.08 tee-time … spirits are fine … he is ready to go … he’ll try to get into the headspace that is required to compete at a major”.

Scheffler, who has won four of his last five tournaments, is the overwhelming favourite for the PGA title. DM

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  • Tothe Point says:

    Would like to have seen the reaction to Scheffler’s arrest if he was black.

  • William Kelly says:

    American cops have an over inflated sense of self worth. They have become heavy handed thugs, instilling a culture of fear. We are headed the same way and it is beginning in KZN. Aided and abetted by the talking hat we cheer for them ‘fighting back’ but this is not where this story ends. As much as I sympathize for their position the law has to be absolute and applied as such by those representing it.

  • Julian Chandler says:

    Another celebrity sports ‘star’ that think he can do whatever he likes.
    This is what happens when you pay someone millions of dollars to play a game, and then practically worship them.
    No-vaccs Jokervich is another example.
    Get a real job!

    • Lisbeth Scalabrini says:

      As long as people watch what they are doing, they have a reason to be here. The same goes for actors etc. Think a moment about what it takes to reach the top of any kind of sport, it is training day after day all year round and their active years are not that many.

  • Gavin Hillyard says:

    A rather heavy-handed reaction to a seemingly minor infraction. I don’t think some of these cops have a particularly high IQ

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