PGA Championship: Scottie Scheffler reflects on strange but “hectic” week

Despite Friday morning’s drama, Scotty Scheffler finished in the top 10 at the PGA Championship.

He shot a 6-under 65 and moved to 13 under for the tournament. Scheffler started with a first bogey, but kept his scorecard clean the rest of the way. He ended up making seven birdies, coming home with a 31, and making five of his seven pub breakers on the back nine.

After the round, the world’s top-ranked player finally reflected on his crazy week in Kentucky.

“I’m not really sure. I think ‘busy’ is probably the right word,” Scheffler said.

“I’m pretty tired overall, definitely a lot more tired than I’ve been finishing other tournaments. But I’m proud of the way we went out there and fought. We got off to a slow start. However, we were able to gain some good momentum. [Saturday] It was quite frustrating and a bit of a different day than usual, but overall I’m proud of the way we competed this week. ”

The two-time Masters champion started the tournament with 4-under 67 and 5-under 66. However, caddy Ted Scott had to leave for his daughter’s graduation on Saturday.

Scottie Scheffler and Ted Scott during the final round of the 2024 PGA Championship.
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It was his first over-par round since August 2023, when he shot a 2-over 73 on Saturday. Scheffler looked human for the first time all season.

“I think it’s mainly because of bad days,” Scheffler explained.

“Did I feel like myself? Absolutely not. Was my warm-up as usual, and were the distractions as usual? Definitely not. But I sit here and it’s I’m not going to say that’s why I went out and played terrible golf yesterday.

“I got arrested on a Friday morning, showed up here and played some golf, too. Throughout my career, I’ve gotten pretty good at leaving off-course distractions at home and maintaining a fairly quiet personal life. I think I’m getting better, but this week it wasn’t like that. I had a bad day and I was proud of how I came out here and bounced back today.”

PGA Championship, Scotty Scheffler

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Although he denied blaming Friday’s arrest on his poor performance, he did admit that Saturday morning was when it all hit home.

It wasn’t a typical week, but I received a lot of support at Valhalla. His 10-time winner on the PGA Tour felt the love of the fans at Valhalla. They showed up wearing T-shirts with his picture on the front and chanted “Free Scotty” throughout the week.

“I think they were extra loud cheering for me this week. I got a lot of support from the players and caddies as well,” Scheffler said.

“A lot of people have shown support, a lot of players have told me how much they love me and stuff like that. I’m grateful for the community here and the support of the people inside the ropes.”

The arrest shocked the golf world, and although Scheffler returned to play, things were tumultuous. On Friday morning, Louisville police arrested Scheffler after he tried to avoid early morning traffic.

The police force has been strengthened following the tragic accident that claimed a life. Louisville Metro Police Officer Brian Gillis ordered Mr. Scheffler to stop and arrested him.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington captured the whole thing on camera outside the gates of Valhalla Golf Club.

As the week progressed, more information surfaced regarding Scheffler’s arrest Friday morning. The latest information was released Sunday morning, when it appeared likely that Louisville prosecutors would drop the charges against Scheffler.

The 27-year-old is scheduled to compete in next week’s Charles Schwab Classic pending a court hearing Tuesday.

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