PGA Championship: Scottie Scheffler begins warmup in jail cell after ‘chaotic’ pre-round arrest at Valhalla | golf news

Scottie Scheffler admitted he was left “shocked” by a “chaotic situation” after being arrested and detained before his second round at the PGA Championship.

Scheffler’s involvement was threatened after a “major misunderstanding” led to him being arrested by Louisville Metro Police outside Valhalla Golf Club on Friday morning after he attempted to enter the golf club during heavy traffic caused by an accident. fatal.

The world number one was detained for just over 70 minutes before being released by police and escorted back to the golf course, where he arrived less than an hour before his tee time, delayed 80 minutes due to the accident, a 10:08 a.m. (3:08 a.m.). pm BST).

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Sky Sports Golf’s Andrew Coltart explains what led to Scottie Scheffler being arrested and released by police ahead of the second round of the PGA Championship.

Scheffler birdied his opening hole and impressed with a five-under par to send him into the weekend at nine under, leaving him in prime position to challenge for back-to-back major titles and a fifth victory in six starts.

“I feel like my head is still spinning,” Scheffler told reporters after his round. “I can’t really explain what happened this morning.

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Scottie Scheffler posted on his Instagram story before his second round

“I spent some time stretching in a jail cell. That was a first for me. That was part of my warm-up. I was sitting there waiting and started doing my warm-up as I felt there was a chance. Maybe I can still get out here and play.

“I started doing my routine and tried to get my heart rate down as much as I could today, but like I said, I still feel like my head is spinning a little bit. But I was lucky enough to be able to do it. Go back and play some golf today.” .

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Golf Channel’s Kira K Dixon provides an update on Scottie Scheffler’s arrest Friday at the PGA Championship.

What happened to Scheffler?

Scheffler was arrested shortly after 6 a.m. local time by Louisville police and taken to the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections, and images quickly surfaced on social media of him in his orange prison jumpsuit for his mugshot.

According to the police report, the detective stopped Scheffler’s car and “attempted to give instructions,” and the report adds that Scheffler “refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging Detective Gillis to the ground.”

Scottie Scheffler's mugshot appeared on the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections website
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Scottie Scheffler’s mugshot appeared on the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections website

Scheffler faces charges of second-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and ignoring traffic signals from an officer directing traffic, although he was released around 8:40 a.m. local time and was able to return to Valhalla.

The American issued a statement on social media ahead of his second round and later told reporters: “My situation will be handled. It was a chaotic situation and a huge misunderstanding. I can’t comment on any of the specific details, so I feel like You will all be disappointed.

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Speaking after his second round at the PGA Championship, Scottie Scheffler detailed his arrest and detention before being released in time to make it to his tee time at Valhalla Golf Club.

“I was pretty nervous, to say the least. The officer who took me to jail was very nice. It was great. We had a nice chat in the car, which helped me calm down.

“I was never angry. I was just in shock, and I think my body was shaking the whole time. I was shaking for like an hour. It was definitely a new feeling for me.

“I was sitting there waiting to come in and I asked him, ‘Hey, excuse me, can you come hang out with me for a few minutes so I can calm down?’ He (the officer) came out and we had a nice chat and then the officers inside the jail were tremendous.

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“I think a couple of them made some jokes when they found out who I was, what happened and how I ended up there.”

How Scheffler stayed in the main contention

Scheffler, starting on the back nine after a shortened warm-up, hit a wedge for birdie at the par-five 10th and responded to a botched par save from five feet at the next with a 25-foot shot at the 12th, He then took advantage of the par-five 18th to reach the turn at 34.

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Scottie Scheffler birdied the first hole of the second round of the 2024 PGA Championship following his arrest this morning.

The reigning Masters champion holed out from six feet at the second and added another from even closer at the fourth to temporarily move within one of the lead, before rolling from 20 feet at the par-five seventh and negotiating his final two holes with pars.

“I didn’t really feel like I was going to make it to my release time until one of the jail officers came to my cell and knocked on the window and said ‘let’s go,'” Scheffler explained.

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Scottie Scheffler arrived and prepared to play Friday at Valhalla Golf Club after being detained earlier by police at the PGA Championship.

“He said ‘get ready’ and told me to start rolling up my mat. Then I poked my head towards the TV and thought, ‘oh, maybe I can get there,’ we’ll see how bad the traffic is getting.” in and out.

“I didn’t know what was going on here. I didn’t know how long the delay had been. At that point I couldn’t even remember what my original departure time was. I was just trying to do the best I could to stay.” calm.

“When they pulled me out and we got in the car on the way here, I thought I was ready to play and my manager asked me if I wanted to. I said, of course. Then we just came here and got ready to play. Go play.

“As far as the best rounds of my career go, I’d say they were pretty good. I definitely never imagined going to jail, and I definitely never imagined going to jail the morning before one of my tee times! It was definitely a “One good round of golf. “My heart goes out to the family.”

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