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Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler arrested en route to PGA Championship

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Scottie Scheffler, the reigning Masters champion, was detained on his way to the PGA Championship, with dramatic images showing him handcuffed and taken to jail.

Scheffler was arrested for not complying with police orders during a pedestrian fatality investigation.

The world’s top-ranked golfer was arrested, processed, and then released in time to make his 10:08 am tee time. Louisville Metro Police Department stated Scheffler faced four charges, including second-degree assault of a police officer after his vehicle allegedly dragged an officer.

Scheffler called the event a “big misunderstanding,” explaining that he was following police instructions amid the chaos following a tragic accident. He emphasized his intention to focus on his game and expressed sympathy for the family of the deceased pedestrian.

His attorney, Steve Romines, also described the situation as a misunderstanding, indicating they would address the case legally.

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg confirmed the pedestrian, identified as John Mills, was killed after being struck by a bus. Greenberg extended condolences to Mills’ family and noted the incident involving Scheffler was under investigation.

Traffic congestion ensued around Valhalla Golf Club, with police vehicles flashing lights at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 5:09 am. Scheffler reportedly drove past a police officer directing traffic, who then grabbed onto Scheffler’s car before being dragged and injured.

Scheffler was booked at 7:28 am and faced additional charges of third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals. Despite the incident, Scheffler returned to the course, interacted with fans, and began his round by making a birdie.

Witnesses described the scene as chaotic, with police unsure of Scheffler’s identity during the arrest. The PGA of America expressed condolences to Mills’ family and stated they were cooperating with the investigation.

Scheffler, who recently became a father, had been on a winning streak, including his second Masters title, and was aiming to continue his success at the PGA Championship.

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