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Scottie Scheffler booked into Kentucky jail before PGA Championship after incident

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Scottie Scheffler finished within striking distance of the lead on Thursday for his first career PGA Championship win, but Friday got off to a tough start.

Mr. Scheffler was arrested and charged with failure to comply with a police command as he was entering the Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky, for the second round of the tournament.

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Scotty Scheffler was booked into a Kentucky prison on May 17, 2024. (Louisville Department of Corrections)

ESPN reported that Scheffler drove past the officers in an SUV with markings on the door identifying it as a PGA Championship vehicle. The officer yelled for him to stop and held on to the car until Scheffler stopped after about 10 yards. ESPN’s Jeff Darlington characterized it as a “miscommunication of traffic flow” as authorities investigated the early morning traffic fatality.

“Scheffler was then walked to a patrol car, handcuffed and put in the back, very stunned by what was going on, and still handcuffed, he looked towards me,” Darlington said on ESPN. “I saw it and said, ‘Please help me,'” he said. sports Center. “He had no idea what was going on in the situation. Things moved very quickly, very rapidly, very aggressively.”

Darlington posted a video of the incident on his X account.

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Mr. Scheffler is led away in handcuffs.

In this still image made from video provided by ESPN, Masters is escorted by police after being handcuffed near Valhalla Golf Club, site of the PGA Championship golf tournament, early Friday morning, May 17, 2024. Champion Scottie Scheffler is pictured. (ESPN via AP)

“Now he’s going to jail,” one of the officers at the scene told Darlington. “He’s going to go to jail and there’s nothing he can do about it.”

Scheffler was booked into the Louisville Department of Corrections late Friday. He was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer (a felony), criminal mischief, reckless driving, and failing a traffic-directing officer.

He was later released.

Scheffler had won four of his past five tournaments, including his second Masters title. He has been at his home in Dallas for the past three weeks awaiting the birth of his first child on May 8th.

At the end of the first round, Xander Schauffele was in the lead. He was 9 under par. Sahis Segala, Tony Finau and Mark Hubbard tied for second at 6 under.

Scottie Scheffler's swing

Scottie Scheffler was several strokes off the lead during the first round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 16, 2024. (Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Scheffler, the world’s No. 1 golfer, finished tied for 12th at 4 under.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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