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Star golfer Scottie Scheffler arrested prior to start of PGA Championship’s 2nd round: Report

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Star golfer Scottie Scheffler arrested prior to start of PGA Championship’s 2nd round: Report

Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 golfer in the world, was arrested Friday morning for allegedly driving past a police roadblock at the Valhalla Golf Club, according to ESPN.

The arrest came hours after a deadly accident near the golf course. Around 5 a.m., a man was fatally struck by a shuttle bus as he tried to cross a road near the course holding the PGA Championship, according to a statement released by Louisville Metro Police Department.

The roadblocks and confusion over the accident allegedly led Scheffler to drive past police who were on site, according to reports from ESPN.

Scheffler was released from jail after processing around 8:40 a.m. local time.

PHOTO: Scottie Scheffler is seen here in a mug shot.

Scottie Scheffler is seen here in a mug shot.

Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections

A “police officer attempted to attach himself to Scheffler’s car, and Scheffler then stopped his vehicle at the entrance to Valhalla,” according to ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington who witnessed the altercation take place right in front of him. “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. He is now being detained in the back of a police car.”

Scheffler now 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, according to ESPN.

PHOTO: In this still image made from video provided by ESPN, Masters champions Scottie Scheffler is escorted by police after being handcuffed near Valhalla Golf Club, site of the PGA Championship golf tournament, early, May 17, 2024.

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

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PHOTO: 2024 PGA Championship - Round One

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – MAY 16: Scottie Scheffler of the United States waves on the 13th green during the first round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on May 16, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Louisville police said that the start of the second round of the PGA Championship was delayed as a result of the accident. Scheffler had originally been scheduled for an 8:50 a.m. tee time, but it was delayed until 10 a.m. after the fatal accident.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating and there have been no other injuries reported from the earlier incident.

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