Golfer Scottie Scheffler arrested at PGA event in Louisville

World’s top golfer Scottie Scheffler arrested by Louisville Metro police

Scottie Scheffler, the top golfer in the world, was arrested and charged with felony assault on a police officer and reckless driving after a chaotic incident just outside of the PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, early Friday morning.

Scheffler was released without bail within hours and returned to make his tee time for the second round of the tournament at the Valhalla Golf Club. He shot a 66, five under par, moving up the leaderboard into a tie for fourth place after beginning the day tied for 12th.

The 27-year-old golfer was detained after he drove on a median toward the entrance to the club and initially failed to heed an officer’s order to stop, according to an ESPN reporter who witnessed the incident.

Traffic outside the entrance at the time was being rerouted after a man was hit and killed by a shuttle bus earlier that day.

A Louisville Metro Police Department report alleged that around 6:16 a.m. ET, Scheffler swerved into opposing traffic lanes to avoid backed-up traffic and gain access to the golf course.

A Louisville Police detective, in uniform and wearing a high-visibility rain jacket, stopped Scheffler and tried to give him instructions, but the golfer “refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging [the officer] to the ground,” the report said.

The detective, Bryan Gillis “suffered pain, swelling, and abrasions to his left wrist and knee” and was taken to a hospital, according to the report, which was obtained by NBC affiliate WAVE3 in Louisville.

“Detective Gillis’ uniform pants, valued at approximately $80 were damaged beyond repair,” the report noted.

Scheffler, who won his second Masters tournament last month, in a statement released shortly before his scheduled tee time Friday morning said the incident was the result of a “big misunderstanding.”

Mugshot of PGA Golfer Scott Alexander Scheffler, who was arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer after trying to enter the PGA Championship venue, on May 17, 2024.

Source: Louisville Metro Police Department

“This morning, I was proceeding as directed by police officers. It was a very chaotic situation, understandably so considering the tragic accident that had occurred earlier,” Scheffler said in a post on his official Instagram account.

“There was a big misunderstanding of what I thought I was being asked to do,” he said. “I never intended to disregard any of the instructions. I’m hopeful to put this to the side and focus on golf today.”

The Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections website showed that Scheffler was booked at 7:28 a.m. ET.

The booking information initially showed charges of second-degree assault on a police officer — a felony — as well as third-degree misdemeanor criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding signals from an officer directing traffic.

Scheffler was released from the Louisville facility without bail shortly before 9 a.m. ET, according to WAVE3.

Scottie Scheffler arrives to the course during the second round of the PGA…

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