Scottie Scheffler Detained At PGA Championship

By Jason Hall

May 17, 2024

Photo: Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections

World No. 1 golfer and 2024 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was detained by the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections outside the entrance of Valhalla Golf Club ahead of the second round of the PGA Championship Friday (May 17) morning, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, who witnessed the incident, via colleague Mark Schlabach.

Scheffler, 27, faces charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic, ESPN reports. The two-time Masters champion was reportedly attempting to drive around the scene where a man was struck and killed by a shuttle bus on a median at around 5:00 a.m. local time.

Police instructed Scheffler to stop, however, he reportedly continued driving for about 10 to 20 yards toward the entrance. An officer reportedly detached himself to Scheffler's car at one point during the incident, according to Darlington.

Scheffler stopped his car as he turned into the entrance of Valhalla Golf Club and, after about 20 to 30 seconds, rolled down his window to speak to the officer.

The officer then reached inside the vehicle, grabbed Scheffler's arm and pulled him out of the car, at which point he was placed in handcuffs. Darlington said he was standing at the entrance of Valhalla at the time and was asked by Scheffler, "Can you help?" as he was being detained, at which point an officer instructed him to back away.

"You need to get out of the way," the officer told Darlington, according to the reporter. "There's nothing you can do. He's going to jail."

The unidentified man killed in the initial incident was attempting to cross Shelbyville Road outside Valhalla Golf Club when he was struck in a dedicated lane of buses and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police and first responders were still present at the scene at around 6:45 a.m. ET, at which point traffic was backed up on the roadway in dark and wet conditions as shuttle buses carrying fans to the course were stopped.

The second round of the PGA Championship was initially set to start at 7:15 a.m. and will be delayed until 8:35 a.m.

Scheffler is less than a month removed from winning his second Masters Tournament. Sports Illustrated's Bob Harig confirmed that Scheffler was expected to compete at the PGA Championship, the second major of the season, upon revealing the birth of his first child last Saturday (May 11).

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