Scottie Scheffler Arrested at Valhalla: Chaos Following Fatal Accident Near PGA Championship

According to ESPN, the world’s number one golfer, Scottie Scheffler, was arrested early Friday morning at Valhalla Golf Club for allegedly crossing police barriers. This incident occurred about an hour after a fatal accident near the golf course. Louisville Metro Police Department reported that around 5 AM, a person was struck and killed by a shuttle bus while trying to cross a road near the course hosting the PGA Championship.

Due to confusion caused by the road blockage and accident, Scheffler reportedly drove through a police barrier on the scene, according to ESPN.

Statement by Scottie Scheffler

In a social media statement, Scheffler said, “This morning, I was following the directions of police officers. It was a very chaotic situation, given the tragic accident that had occurred earlier. There was a significant misunderstanding about what I was being asked to do. I never intended to disobey any instructions. I hope we can put this behind us and focus on golf today.”

Scheffler was released from jail around 8:40 AM local time, about an hour before his 10:08 AM tee time. Despite the morning’s turmoil, he scored 6-under 66, placing him in the top 5 despite rainy conditions.

Jeff Darlington of ESPN reported, “A police officer tried to connect with Scheffler’s car, and Scheffler stopped his vehicle at the Valhalla entrance.” Darlington witnessed the confrontation, stating, “The officer started yelling at Scheffler to get out of the car. At the point when Scheffler left the vehicle, the official pushed him against the vehicle and promptly cuffed him. He is now in the back of a police car in custody.”

The police report states that Scheffler refused the officer’s request to stop and “accelerated forward,” dragging the officer to the ground. The officer was taken to the hospital with “pain, swelling, and scratches to his left wrist and knee.” The officer’s uniform pants, valued at about $80, were damaged beyond repair, according to the report.

Scheffler faces charges including second-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals directed by an officer.

Scheffler is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday morning.

In a press conference after his round, Scheffler said, “I still feel like my head is spinning. I can’t actually make sense of what happened today. I spent some time in a jail cell, which was a first for me. You know, it was part of my warmup routine today. I just sat there waiting and started my warmup thinking there was a chance I could still come out here and play, so I began my routine, trying to keep my heart rate down as much as possible.”

The PGA of America released a statement saying, “Our primary concern today remains with the family of John Mills, who tragically lost his life in an accident this morning while reporting to work. As for the incident involving Scottie Scheffler, we are fully cooperating with local authorities and reviewing the legal process. Questions should be directed to Scheffler’s attorney or local officials.”

Louisville police noted that the fatal accident delayed the start of the PGA Championship’s second round. Scheffler’s original tee time of 8:50 AM was pushed to 10:08 AM following the incident.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is researching, and no different wounds have been accounted for from the previous episode.

Scheffler, 27, has won four tournaments this year, including an impressive performance at the Masters in April—his second Masters and major victory. He also won back-to-back marquee events at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship in March.

In the first round of this week’s PGA Championship—the year’s second major—Scheffler scored 4-under 67, trailing leader Xander Schauffele by five shots.

According to the tour, Scheffler’s career earnings on the PGA Tour alone total $61 million, making him the tenth-highest earner to date.

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