Golf's No. 1 Is Arrested Outside PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler faces felony charge of second-degree assault on a police officer
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2024 7:33 AM CDT
Updated May 17, 2024 8:20 AM CDT
World No. 1 Handcuffed Outside PGA Championship
Scottie Scheffler hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Valhalla Golf Club, Thursday, May 16, 2024.   (AP Photo/Matt York)

The second round of the PGA Championship didn't get off to a great start for world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. He was arrested outside the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, early Friday after trying to drive around a crash scene, reports ESPN. According to Jefferson County court records, he faces a felony charge of second-degree assault on a police officer, CNN reports. He has also been charged with third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding signals from officers directing traffic.

  • Scheffler kept driving toward the golf club entrance after a police officer ordered him to stop, according to ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington, who witnessed the incident. "The police officer attempted to attach himself to Scheffler's car, and Scheffler then stopped his vehicle at the entrance to Valhalla," Darlington said in a post on X. "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." Darlington also shared video of the incident.

  • Darlington said Scheffler turned to him and asked, "Can you help?" He said the officer told him: "You need to get out of the way. There's nothing you can do. Scottie Scheffler is going to jail." Scheffler was taken away in a police vehicle.
  • The start of the second round was delayed by the accident, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Police said an adult male pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene after he was hit by a shuttle bus near the golf club's front gate around 5am.
  • Scheffler had been due to tee off at 8:48am Eastern, Yahoo! Sports reports. With delays caused by the accident and rain, his updated tee time is 10:08am.
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